The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed the Command Assessment for Readiness and Training (CART) phase II inspection Feb. 12.
CART II evaluates Stennis’ ability to respond to a casualty by concentrating on drills and exercises.
The CART team executed scenarios to test Stennis’ preparedness. The drills started in condition three, the normal underway watch, and escalated to flying squad drills, formerly condition two, which are designed to combat smaller scale casualties. The four-day inspection culminated with condition one, also known as General Quarters.
General quarters is called to combat major casualties on the ship, including fire, flooding, or hull damage.
Stennis Sailors trained for more than a year for CART II, which shows a ship’s capability to support continued preparation for deployment.
With the completion of CART II, Stennis will continue on to the next stage of qualifications. This will include the Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Period, scheduled to take place over the next several months.
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