Gunston Hall Assists Multinational Teams For Evaluations

Story Number: NNS100528-11Release Date: 5/28/2010 9:58:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lisa Borges, Phoenix Express Public Affairs Team

USS GUNSTON HALL, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from the Whidbey Island-class dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) prepared three maritime multinational teams for the visit, board search and seizure (VBSS) training part of Phoenix Express 2010 (PE10) in the Mediterranean Sea May 25.

Gunston Hall's deck department crew transported Tunisian, Senegalese and Moroccan teams in their 11 meter boat, which allowed the teams to focus on practicing their boarding techniques during a scheduled scenario.

This training was a sea-borne extension of shore-based training given in Phase I. This part of the exercise gave the teams practice of insertions and recoveries on to a target ship. Each multinational team was given two hours to put learned theories into practice when they boarded their target vessel USNS Laramie (T-A0-201). Evaluations for those teams are to occur May 26.

"It's pretty good I get to be involved with some of it. I also do boardings. It's pretty good with the training you always learn something new everyday," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Aaron Edgerton, from Orange, Texas, assigned to Deck Department's 2nd Division.

Gunston Hall's mission was to get the teams off and then back to the Gunston Hall.

This part of training is in preparation for evaluations when the teams will spend four hours with various scenarios to include a medical casualty thrown at them by the exercise control group.

"We're going with the group and while they are boarding I will throw out a medical casualty card and they will have to react. This is the first time we've done this in their scenario," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Terry Garrett, the senior enlisted medical planner for the exercise from U.S. 6th Fleet.

PE10 is a two-week exercise designed to strengthen maritime partnerships and enhance stability in the region through increased interoperability and cooperation among partners from Africa, Europe and United States.

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