USS Cleveland Completes ULTRA-S

Story Number: NNS110317-03Release Date: 3/17/2011 2:55:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Ellis, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) successfully completed its Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment-Sustainment (ULTRA-S), Feb. 25.

Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC) inspectors conducted a five-day evaluation of the ship's proficiency in many warfare areas including engineering, damage control, surface warfare, air warfare, medical readiness, management, seamanship and navigation.

"I couldn't be more proud of the crew, the Navigation team, the ATFP (anti-terrorism/force protection) watchstanders, the VBSS (Visit Board Search and Seizure) teams, the repair lockers, and the engineers," said Capt. S. Robert Roth, USS Cleveland commanding officer. "The engineers worked especially hard. First, they made critical repairs needed on some of the propulsion equipment, and second, they devoted all the necessary training time to prove their operational and casualty response skills. The ATG team helped us tremendously in many areas, and we will continue to improve our skills during deployment."

In preparation for ULTRA-S, the ship's crew trained continually throughout the year by performing various drills. Lt. j.g. Jose Colon, USS Cleveland training officer, managed the training drills.

"My job is to make sure I provide warfare area leaders and training team members, [with] the information and guidance they need to do their jobs, which is to train Sailors," said Colon. "Success in ULTRA-S or any training evaluation is a shipwide event. It is an all-hands evolution that requires everyone's motivation and dedication in order to succeed."

The inspection consisted of a two-day administrative review and ATFP drills in port, followed by three days of underway proficiency demonstrations.

"The [ATG assessors] first find out where we stand with our efficiency, personnel, material and management," said Colon. "The objective is to evaluate the individual warfare area's ability to self-assess and maintain proficiency during deployment."

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The Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Cleveland (LPD 7).
August 2, 2010
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