The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) successfully completed tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem, June 28, four days ahead of schedule, achieving an overall score of 96 percent.
The completion of TSTA and FEP means Truman can now move to the next phase of its inter-deployment training cycle, composite training unit exercise, as the ship continues preparing for its upcoming deployment.
TSTA is the first combined training event of a ship's inter-deployment training cycle that tests and evaluates shipboard drills, in the areas of general quarters, damage control, medical, navigation, intelligence, and combat systems.
Capt. R. B. Scholl, commanding officer, spoke highly of the crew's performance during the evolution.
"I am always impressed by the Sailors' performance," said Scholl. "The enthusiasm, superb focus, effort, and training made for an outstanding performance during this TSTA and FEP evolution."
According to Carrier Training Liaison Officer Cmdr. R. L. Norvell, of Afloat Training Group, the carrier training liaison officer, Harry S. Truman performed exceptionally well during these evolutions. Truman Sailors collaborated to excel, completing training safely and quickly.
"The average time to complete TSTA is 25 days - they did it in 21," said Norvell. "From the beginning, they functioned well as a whole and only improved as time went on."
The teamwork and proficiency Sailors demonstrated throughout the 21 days can be attributed to the extensive training Truman conducted in the months leading up to the assessment.
"I was confident about my performance during FEP," said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class L. J. Holley. "During the shipyard period we had general quarters drills and damage control training pretty consistently. As a member of the pipe-patching team, that extensive training afforded me and my shipmates the opportunity to sharpen our skills, and to be better prepared to handle casualties when the time came."
Although training was intensive and repetitious, Holley said it was necessary to ensure every Sailor was focused on this evolution and with an eye toward the upcoming deployment.
Lt. Cmdr. C. R. Harmon, Truman's training officer, explained the preparation behind the successful completion of this evolution.
"Truman Sailors trained for countless hours, with over 30 GQs, as well as individual drills, briefing and debriefing, in preparation for TSTA and FEP," said Harmon.
Harmon said training played an important part in reaching the score; however, he added that positive attitudes, motivation, and the performance each Sailor had shown throughout the entire process was just as important.
"Truman Sailors came together with the highest display of positive mental attitude," said Harmon. "Everyone's motivation ensured success for the entire team. Now that this evolution is complete, Truman is certified [as an] independent unit ready for tasking."
With TSTA and FEP now in its rearview mirror, Truman has moved one step closer to being a battle-ready carrier. Harmon said he believes Truman will be ready and will continue to push forward with training. He also indicated that the same type of successful performance is expected from the crew during the next phase of training.
The ship's next big event, COMPTUEX, brings ships in a battle group together to project force and forge into a cohesive, fighting team.
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. A. Mateo, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
Source: US Navy
Date: Jul 1, 2015