NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) passed the first phase of Crew Certification Aug. 31.
Crew certification is a process in which Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (AIRLANT) reviews the ship's training program to ensure the crew is properly trained to go to sea. Crew Certification Phase I is a formal review of the administrative side of the ship's training and is the second step of a three-phase process. The crew will complete the certification process with Phase II, shortly before a "fast cruise" in October.
"Crew Cert is designed to make sure the crew is properly prepared," said Lt. Cmdr. Hui K. Pak, Ike's training officer. "It is all about the people, the crew being trained to operate safely at sea."
In Phase I, AIRLANT reviewed training documents, watch-quarter-station bills, watch bills, watch bill replacement plans, repair locker manning and training, bridge team training and various other aspects of training, which are logged in the Relational Administration Program (RADM), a computer-based system that tracks and stores each individual training record electronically.
"We did pretty well," said Pak. "AIRLANT was impressed by the organization, tracking and improvements we made to our weekly RADM reports. Our level of knowledge with RADM has improved dramatically since the initial review during Phase IA."
Pak said that the crew conducted RADM training to become more familiar with how the system works and how they can help with reports. Additionally, all Ike Sailors trained in using the self-contained breathing apparatus, completed emergency egress and conducted extensive basic damage control training in order to be prepared to respond to a casualty.
All the training Ike's crew has successfully completed up to this point will lead them into Phase II, at which time the ship will conduct a "fast cruise," cycling through various drills while still in port to prove the ship is ready to return to sea.
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