Peleliu Sailors Hone Skills During Damage Control Olympics


Story Number: NNS081029-19Release Date: 10/29/2008 6:16:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Sarah Bitter, USS Peleliu Public Affairs

USS PELELIU, At Sea (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) held the Damage Control (DC) Olympics Oct. 22.

Events included pipe-patching drills, relays, operating fire pumps and setting up desmoking fans. A total of 10 teams and 63 Sailors from various departments throughout the ship participated in the event.

Teams represented each of Peleliu's seven repair lockers, the repair division and the "Flying Squad." Peleliu's junior officers also formed a team for the competition.

"We do this in a fun competitive atmosphere while revealing the knowledge level of damage control, so our Sailors are able to hone their skills for a real casualty," said Capt. David Schnell, Peleliu's executive officer. "This competitive, timed event is a fun way to see who really knows their stuff."

Peleliu's damage control training team designed the DC Olympics competition to teach damage control techniques and help prepare the ship for any emergency situation. Winning teams were awarded medals as well as special liberty chits.

"This drill helps prepare us for the certification we are having in February, said Lt. j.g. Jason Datinguinoo, Peleliu's assistant damage control officer." It gives everyone a better hands-on experience being able to use their gear. It also provides valuable experience that can potentially save lives on board."

The olympics offered Sailors an opportunity to show off their damage control skills.

"I am excited because we are the best locker on the ship," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Steven Gonzalez, assigned to repair locker 1H which won the competition. "I like being able to demonstrate my DC skills, and I am excited to receive a 72-hour special liberty after deployment is over."

Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit which is conducting operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. The PELESG left San Diego on May 4 for a scheduled deployment.

For more news from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) - Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/lha5/.

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Yeoman 3rd Class Wynton Jones saws off excess wood and oakum in a mock rupture in a pipe patching competition.
081022-N-2183K-109 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 22, 2008) Yeoman 3rd Class Wynton Jones saws off excess wood and oakum in a mock rupture in a pipe patching competition during the Damage Control Olympics aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Kelling/Released)
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