USS NIMITZ Completes Compressed IDTC Basic Phase
19 Dec 16 | By Tim Mahon
The USN aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ completed Tailored Ship’s Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) on 8 December, achieving its 180-day Inter-deployment Training Cycle Basic Phase in just 54 days. This represents a major step towards certification for its upcoming 2017 deployment. According to Afloat Training Group Pacific, the carrier completed the basic phase with an overall score of 97 percent.
TSTA is the final part of a
ship's Basic Phase Training Cycle, which includes Command Assessment of
Readiness and Training (CART) II, and TSTA in-port. It is the first step in
proving a crew's readiness for Composite Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) and other
exercises which test a ship's proficiency before deployment.
TSTA/FEP exercises most major warfare areas aboard, including damage control, engineering, navigation, deck, combat systems, air, safety, intelligence, supply, operations, and security. It also integrates the air wing in order to build proficiency on the flight deck.
The TSTA/FEP drills are designed to test the crew, watchstanders, and the integration of various entities throughout Nimitz. Successful completion proves to ATG the ship is ready to move on to more intricate training in the ship's work-up cycle.
Although the different warfare areas were tested on their individual roles and most of the scenarios affected a small portion of the crew at a time, there were major evolutions such as man overboard, abandon ship, and general quarters drills which tested every sailor aboard as a whole.
Sailors participating in a general quarters drill on board USS NIMITZ (Photo: US Navy)