LCS Mission Module Reservists Aim for Shipboard Qualifications


Story Number: NNS131210-02Release Date: 12/10/2013 6:42:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob Sippel, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet

NAVAL STATION MAYORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy Reservists assigned to units in Florida, Georgia and Texas trained together from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 at Naval Station Mayport to work toward qualifications that will allow them serve with the fleet.

The Reservists included members of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Module unit at Mayport; Littoral Combat Ship-Surface Warfare Mission Module Atlanta; and Littoral Combat Ship-Mine Countermeasures Mission Module Fort Worth, Texas. Many could serve on littoral combat ships that are scheduled to be homeported here over the next several years.

In anticipation of the arrival of two such ships and the stand-up of LCS Squadron 2 by the end of 2015, Reservists have been getting tremendous support from Mayport commands, said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Husband, the commanding officer of the LCS MCM Mission Module unit here.

The commands include Destroyer Squadron 14; Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic; the Afloat Training Group; the Surface Warfare Officer School; the Branch Health Clinic and many others, he said.

"We are designed to completely integrate with our active duty counterparts to provide MCM and SUW capability, so proper training is paramount," Husband said. "I can't say it enough: Mayport is a fantastic place to be."

Littoral combat ships are designed to be reconfigured for various roles by changing mission modules, including weapons systems, sensors, carried craft and mission crews for anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures and surface warfare, with other mission capability sets forthcoming.

The reconfigurations were envisioned to allow a single LCS to change roles in a matter of hours at any commercial port, permitting a group of ships to rapidly optimize their effectiveness against a developing threat.

Reservists drilling at Naval Station Mayport want to contribute to the LCS community but need to complete the Train to Qualify process first, Husband said.

During the four days of training, Reservists were distributed among ships all around the Naval Station Mayport basin - some training in Combat Information Center systems, others honing their skills on a Fire Arms Training System, and others working on Anti-Terrorism Force Protection inport watchstanding, LCS Academy, and other naval skills.

The effort will benefit each Sailor's career as well as provide the Navy with eager and qualified Sailors, Husband said.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kristian Dougherty, of the LCS MCM Mission Module unit, said she appreciated the training and the camaraderie that resulted from it.
"I feel like the training is excellent, mainly because a lot of units don't get the opportunity that we get," she said. "I look forward to being a part of the bigger picture and contributing to the fleet."

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

 
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131207-N-AW702-004 MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2013) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Justin Burnham and Chief Mineman David Wages stand officer of the deck watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99). Wages was training in Mayport to complete basic qualification requirements necessary to become fleet-eligible. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob Sippel)
December 10, 2013
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