NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Afloat Training Group (ATG) held Command Assessment Readiness Training Phase II (CART II) from Feb. 20-23 to assess the ship's needs for the upcoming Final Evaluation Period (FEP).
This was Truman's first CART II in three years. The evolution lasted four days and evaluated various aspects of the ship's training readiness.
"The CART II was pretty much a snapshot," said Lt. Cmdr. Darian T. Caldwell, Truman's training officer. "ATG came on board and took an assessment of where the ship stands in regards to training. They used that information to help us determine where we need to be in order for FEP completion."
ATG's evaluation aboard Truman looked at various administrative requirements, including plans for watch team replacement, watch quarter and station bills and long-range training. Those aspects of the evaluation ensure the ship has administrative processes in order so that training and personnel turnovers go according to plan, Caldwell said.
Truman currently has eight training teams who were involved in the CART II Phase: Air Department, Combat Systems, Damage Control, Force Protection, Medical, Nuclear Propulsion, Seamanship and Navigation, and Weapons Department. Caldwell added, however, that each department and major functional area within the ship has a training team.
"CART II was an integral step in making sure we're prepared for deployment and conducting our mission, because there are finite requirements we have for Truman's Final Evaluation Period," said Caldwell.
FEP training phase will take place on Truman in April, during her upcoming underway period beginning March 20. The CART II evolution was a way for Caldwell and the various training teams to assess in what areas they excelled, as well as areas in need of further development.
"We're going to take the feedback we got from ATG during the CART II assessment and formulate a plan to ensure success for upcoming training events and ultimately FEP," Caldwell said.
To prepare for evolutions like CART II and FEP, Caldwell said the training teams performed various general quarters (GQ) drills to test their knowledge of readiness training.
"For each GQ we have, we want to have an initial planning phase where the various training teams get together and decide what we're going to do for that particular training drill," said Caldwell.
While many may find the lengthy GQ drills excessive, they are essential to providing Truman's crew as a whole with the readiness training they need to pass training evolutions like CART II and April's FEP.
Despite a few coordination issues between some of the training teams during CART II, Caldwell said he was pleased with the level of motivation and execution the teams displayed throughout the four-day training evolution.
"It was good to see the crew so motivated, particularly during the GQ drills," said Caldwell. "That's really an all-hands effort and it was great to see the motivation level of the crew so high."
Caldwell said the training teams would continue training through March and April leading up to FEP, and that he was confident the teams would remedy all areas needing improvement in time for the upcoming evolutions.
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