The Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Porter has departed Plymouth, following a port visit during a storm.
“This was a working port for the Sailors aboard Porter,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter.
“Our English allies gave our ship and crew the ability to shelter in place as storms passed in order to continue to train and maintain mission readiness.”
While in port, the ship earned certifications from three embarked Sailors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk. Overall, the ship conducted 15 damage control drills ensuring the ship’s responses are efficient to a wide range of scenarios.
“The crew has been extremely busy while in England,” said Lt. Andrea Olachia, damage control assistant aboard the ship.
“We conducted drills nearly every day while in port, from individual locker drills to flying squad, and topped it off with three general quarters drills. We demonstrated our crew’s ability to combat a variety of casualties that the ship could encounter. Damage control training is invaluable and it’s important for all Sailors to possess the skill sets necessary to put out a fire, stop a flood or even operate after a chemical, biological, radiological attack. We all hope that we never have to do more than drill for these types of scenarios, but if the time ever comes, I am confident the crew will be prepared to fight and ultimately save our ship.”
The US Navy say that the USS Porter is working with allies and regional partners to ‘help develop and improve maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work toward mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe’.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, was conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
The ship departed from Naval Station Rota, Spain at the end of last year.