Sailors Fire For Training

Story Number: NNS080602-11Release Date: 6/2/2008 2:48:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Moore, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors participated in a machine gun shoot on the fantail of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) May 30.

G-2 division stood a careful watch to ensure the safest possible evolution was carried out.

Gun shoots are scheduled approximately every two months. They are held on board when underway and at surrounding bases when in port.

The main purpose of the shoot was to train the newest members of the security force. New Sailors assigned to security had the chance to learn how to operate the .50 caliber machine gun as well as the M-240 machine gun. It also allowed many of them to receive their gun qualifications.

"The two prevalent reasons that we are out there is safety and training," said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Rommel, G-2 line coach for the gun shoot. "We know these guns inside and out, so if there are any questions or concerns, we can step in and help them out."

Shooting the weapons is important for getting the feel of them, said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Fuel] 3rd Class Michael Dunbar, currently TAD to Security division as a security patrolman. It also helps Sailors to learn about the weapon and to be confident enough to actually fire it.

"Gun shoots are important for the force protection of the ship, it's important for us to be able to protect the ship when overseas and even in homeport," said Rommel. "It's important that we are always ready for anything."

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