NAVSTA Rota, US Navy ships conduct integrated fire drill

USS Donald Cook at Naval Station Rota in July 2018. Photo: US Navy

Spanish Naval Station Rota personnel and sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Porter (DDG 78) conducted and completed their third annual major integrated fire drill onboard the Cook on August 29, 2018.

“This whole exercise is called the Chapter 13 drill. It’s a fully integrated fire drill of a major fire onboard a US vessel where we not only use ship’s force personnel and equipment but also the base fire fighters on base and as well as USS Porter Sailors,” Lt. j.g. Justin Makin, USS Cook damage control assistant, said.

“As we’ve seen in the past one of the biggest problems was not having the training or not being used to having to work with circumstances that might not be your usual status as if you were underway. So doing a drill like this really made our guys, as well as the leadership, think about what we need to do with the help from outside sources,” he added.

Shipboard and installation firefighters were able to train with each other to learn when and how to communicate for a successful mission. Yearly integrated training increases response effectiveness when a ship is in-port and in critical status, according to the US Navy.

The major players involved for this drill were Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC), USS Donald Cook, USS Porter, the Installation Training Team (ITT), US Naval Hospital Rota, Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES), Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Dispatch, Security, and Environmental department.

Naval Station Rota enables and supports operations of US and allied forces and provides services in support of the fleet, fighter, and family for Commander, Navy Installations Command in Navy Region EURAFSWA.

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