NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is undergoing a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) assessment, which grades the ship on warfighting skills and tactical decision-making situations.
Truman and the air squadrons of CVW 3 got underway March 20, for a 25-day underway period. TSTA training is the final step in Truman becoming a 'battle ready' carrier.
Operation Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) George Chekas of Truman's Operations Department, said the ship's training teams will demonstrate their ability to plan and execute integrated shipwide training as they seek qualification for deployment.
"[The training] allows us to integrate with other ships in the strike group, so we're able to work as a cohesive [unit] when deployment comes around," said Chekas.
Chekas said the training will allow Truman to know what the other ships in the strike group are capable of, as well as what their limitations may be in the event one of the ships goes down for maintenance purposes.
The training evolution will involve the Operations, Combat Systems and Intelligence Departments and will be conducted throughout Truman's current underway period. The ship's Combat Systems Training Team (CSTT) will evaluate the watch-standing performance of the Combat Systems and Operations Department.
"CSTT will be evaluating the watchstanders, and Afloat Training Group (ATG) will in turn be evaluating CSTT," said Operation Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Adam Harding, Operations Department strike controller. "They evaluate us on how well we train the watchstanders, what mistakes the watchstanders made that we didn't catch and [make] suggestions on how we can improve in certain areas."
Operation Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Tashauwna Lanus, track supervisor for Truman's OI Division, said the TSTA evolution is the perfect opportunity for Truman to pick up qualifications to prove she is ready for a combat deployment.
"We've got to make sure everyone gets qualified," Lanus said. "We clearly can't fight battles if we're not qualified. If we can't do what we have to do out here for this training, how can we go [on deployment] and do it for someone else?"
Chekas said preparation for the TSTA assessment was extensive and required teamwork and attention to detail from everyone. He said the training allowed the command to monitor how their workers will operate under pressure.
"We had a lot of equipment checks and [in-port drills] to get our systems up to speed and to make sure everything was running correctly," said Chekus. "Coming out of the yards, we have a couple of new ships with us in the strike group, so we want to make sure they know how we operate and we know how they operate so we can work together."
Harding said the TSTA evolution will differ from recent training assessments because this time Truman will be out at sea.
"We'll still be simulating, but we also have to keep our eye on the ball more because we have real-world [problems] going on around us," Harding said. "Hopefully, the [Operations Department] and Combat Systems will get some good training out of this."
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