Reactor Gives Its Nukes Knowledge to Attain Perfection

Story Number: NNS041217-17Release Date: 12/17/2004 2:13:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Mark Catalano, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- In the early stages of USS Theodore Roosevelt's (TR) (CVN 71) Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA), reactor department wasted no time and started training its personnel on what would be a new nuclear system.

The department trained all its personel on the new Type II generic INC equipment. Even those Sailors who were already familiar with the equipment had to re-qualify.

"At the first stages of the DPIA, we commenced a training program for all personnel in the department to learn the new Type II generic INC equipment that was being installed on the Theodore Roosevelt," said Reactor Department's Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer Master Chief Machinist's Mate Chris Chisholm. "After all nuclear training personnel participated in a strenuous two-week training program, they had to also re-qualify on all this new equipment."

Essentially, all nuclear-trained Sailors had to re-qualify regardless of how well they knew the operation or how long they had been around it.

But not only were the nukes (Sailors working in the nuclear power field) trained on the new system, they had to be approved on paper by a review board, pass tests, pass oral review boards and be interviewed by TR Commanding Officer Capt. Turk Green.

"The commanding officer is the final certifying officer for nuclear training officers, chief petty officers and reactor operators," Chisholm said.

Reactor has made training become more of a habit,
holding daily training and about five to 10 drills per week.

Through sea trials now, reactor has had the ship steaming without a hitch, exemplifying what its consistency is all about.

"We drill continuously," Chisholm said. "It's part of our job."

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