Vicksburg Sailors Practice Firearms Safety

Story Number: NNS120926-02Release Date: 9/26/2012 12:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Scott, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Sailors, assigned to the 'Grandmasters' of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, and the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) conducted training in firearms safety and familiarization, Sept. 21.

Vicksburg and HSL-46 Sailors trained with Sig Sauer M11 semi-automatic pistols for the purposes of familiarization and safety.

"It keeps Sailors familiar with movements and tactics," said Ensign Christopher Anderson, gunnery officer aboard Vicksburg. "The more we practice, the better we get."

Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Melvin Faust, who is assigned to the 'Grandmasters,' participated in the training.

"Everyone aboard should know how to use a weapon properly," said Faust. "I don't own a gun, but I really enjoyed the training. It refreshed my knowledge about gun safety."

After HSL-46 completed their firearms training, the VBSS team trained in both small arms and small-arms tactics.

VBSS team member Electronics Technician 3rd Class Benjamin Arndt owns a personal firearm and understands the importance of weapon safety.

"So many things go into shooting and maintaining a firearm, you really do need proper training," said Arndt. "I have been using firearms since I was young and I think one of the most important things to remember is to manage your stress. If you can't keep your stress under control, you can't stay focused."

Vicksburg Sailors also trained with the M4 Carbine, the M16 Rifle, the Mossberg Shotgun and the Beretta M9 semi-automatic pistol.

Vicksburg is currently deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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