USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- A mid-deployment safety stand-down was held aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) July 19.
The purpose of the stand-down was to address any safety issues that may be prevalent throughout the ship, including the common dangers, stresses, fatigue and complacencies Sailors and Marines deal with while on deployment.
"Sailors become complacent and fatigued after performing the same tasks for extended periods of time," said Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician David L. Thorne, a safety department chief petty officer. "This leads to an increase in mishaps and added dangers that are preventable."
The Safety department aboard Enterprise provided training that was shown throughout the day on the carrier's SITE-TV system. The stand-down represented a period for all Sailors and Marines to get together and discuss the issues they deal with on a day-to-day basis and ways to prevent other Sailors and Marines from becoming injured.
"Safety margins in the Navy are much narrower than we experience in our personal lives," said Capt. William C. Hamilton, Jr., commanding officer of Enterprise. "They must be for us to be effective as a fighting force."
Hamilton continued by saying that the Navy operates to the very limits that the machinery and personnel can handle, so Sailors and Marines must train like they fight.
"We must be well trained and disciplined in our professional lives so that we can operate effectively, close to danger, without blindly standing in it," said Hamilton.
Other members of the Enterprise team provided information concerning heat, electrical safety and general awareness about the ship.
Throughout the rest of the Enterprise's current deployment, crew members can use the information presented during the safety stand-down to help keep them safe while underway. With this information in mind, Enterprise will continue to practice safety and educate the crew on its importance while conducting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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