PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) left dry-dock Aug. 4 and transited to Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Pier 5, entering the last stages of her dry-docked planned incremental availability (DPIA).
Prior to getting underway, though only for 1,000 yards or so, Truman’s Sailors had to prepare the ship for the move. Eighty Sailors from Deck Department prepared mooring and message lines for the first time since the ship has touched water in eight months. When all was said and done, the preparation paid off.
“It was a good day because no one got hurt,” said Seaman Nick Bacoka.
Like Bacoka, many newly reported Sailors were inexperienced with line handling. Luckily, the department trained tirelessly for the move.
According to 1st Division Officer, Lt. j.g. Jonathan Gereige, they conducted four hour-and-a-half-long training sessions for the move, with fruitful results.
“This was one of the smoothest evolutions since I’ve been here,” Gereige said.
Deck used this short underway as valuable training for when Truman goes out to sea once again this fall. But they weren’t the only department taking advantage of the learning experience.
“This was a big training evolution for Navigation, because we took away what we can improve on for next time,” said Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) Chiquita Terry. “Overall it was an excellent evolution; especially for Navigation because we’ve been out of commission for eight months. It gave us a chance to be QMs for the day and prepare for our next evolution.”
Truman Sailors also helped move barges APL-66 and APL-29, where some Sailors lived and worked while the ship was dry-docked.
“It went according to plan,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Christina Lawber, a member of the barge mayor crew. “Everything that had to be done was done, and there weren’t any problems.”
Truman returns to sea in November to begin her next deployment cycle.
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