Mayport's Best Clash in Damage Control Olympics

Story Number: NNS100820-07Release Date: 8/20/2010 4:58:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Sippel, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Southeast

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Teams of Sailors from Mayport, Fla., gathered Aug. 18, to compete in the third annual Naval Station Mayport Damage Control (DC) Olympics held at the base Fire Fighting School.

During the competition, teams participated in nine events with individual event scores being added up to determine the overall winner.

Events included pipe patching/plugging; oscar relay; damage control written test; quick reaction team test; shoring; fire hose relay; chemical, biological and radiological dress out; P-100 pump rigging; and a fire hose tug of war.

"I think having these DC Olympics is a great idea and really brings out the best of all involved," stated Damage Controlman 1st Class Kenny Recio, Repair Division leading petty officer on board USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). "This gives us a chance to compete with other Sailors who are knowledgeable in damage control and to test our own knowledge and skills. We train on this stuff all time and doing it in a competition like this is really a good team builder and good for camaraderie."

Many teams had aspirations of being the overall winner during the competition, but a familiar team walked away with the trophy once again. Team USS Carney (DDG 64) won the competition for the third year in row making them the only team to have ever won.

"This is a good time for commands to showcase their training and expertise in damage control," said Carney Command Master Chief Alton Smith. "I have already told my Sailors to strive to always be the best they can be. During these DC Olympics, you could really see everyone trying to do just that."

The DC Olympics were sponsored by the Center for Naval Engineering and Destroyer Squadron 14. Carney was victorious, winning against teams from Samuel B. Roberts, USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29), USS De Wert (FFG 45), USS Halyburton (FFG 40), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Doyle (FFG 39).

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