BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Air Department found a unique training platform to use June 11, while Lincoln's flight deck is being refurbished.
Crew members will use decommissioned aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 61) during Abraham Lincoln's planned incremental availability.
"I was trying to think of something outside of the box," said Lt. Kent Davis, Abraham Lincoln's air boatswain. "I made some calls to the shipyard a few months before we got here to see what we could do."
This enabled Lincoln to use Ranger for fire drills, keeping Sailors refreshed in fire fighting techniques.
"It is important to freshen up on what we do at sea and keep everyone up to speed," Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class (AW/SW) Joel Izaguirre said.
"There are also a lot of new Sailors that have arrived since the last deployment, and it is good for them to experience this kind of training."
"We don't want to lose our sharpness while we're here in Bremerton," Davis added. "We're going to be training on everything from SCBAs (self contained breathing apparatuses) to stretcher barriers and hose handling."
With such a wide variety of training, Sailors will be up to speed when Lincoln makes her way back out to sea.
"The advantage of having Ranger as a training platform is the availability of water," Davis said. "We got approval for the use of live hoses and we are also going to use smoke machines and speakers to make these drills seem as real as possible."
The first day on Ranger was a learning experience.
"I found it to be productive training and I am looking forward to being back," Izaguirre said. "I think it's a really good plan that the air boatswain has for all of us."
"I've never seen another ship do this," Davis concurred. "It is kind of cool to see what a conventional ship looks like. This is an opportunity to do a lot of things which we couldn't do back on the Lincoln."
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