Carl Vinson Deck Department Conducts RHIB training

Story Number: NNS091019-07Release Date: 10/19/2009 2:32:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shentel Yarnell, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Deck Department participated in rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) training on the starboard boat deck Oct. 8.

RHIB training was held to teach Sailors how to operate the RHIB for man-overboard drills, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) drills and for security drills.

They also learned how to use the lift to lower the RHIB into the water, operate the RHIB so they can effectively conduct a rescue, a VBSS drill, or calmly handle a real emergency situation. The training was also held to aid a few officers in acquiring their Surface Warfare Officer qualifications.

"If someone falls overboard we can quickly get them to medical and save their life," said Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/SCW) Rodney Lesane, leading chief petty officer of Deck Department's 2nd Division.

According to Lesane, this training is good for the newer Sailors who have never practiced drills with a RHIB before, as well as for those with experience who haven't had practice in a while.

"Being able to finally train is going to help us when we're out there and something does go down," said RHIB Coxswain, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Brandon Terry.

RHIB drills are scheduled to occur onboard Carl Vinson each Thursday on the starboard boat deck.

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