As STOUT continues to sail in the Black Sea we push ourselves each day to fine-tune our abilities, so that when the need arises, we can safely and competently succeed. Today's training events focused on emergency response and included a scenario based on a helicopter crash on the flight deck. Our flight deck crew must train regularly for this emergency, just in case. We simulate that a helicopter has crash landed on our deck and fire is started. The flight deck crew must respond quickly to extinguish the fire and rescue any personnel involved. During today's event STOUT's crew performs well. Hoseteams fight the fire, and two rescuers in silver-colored hot suits carry the wounded from the scene. It happens quickly, and the flight deck crew makes it seem easy.
With regular drills, our crew has proven that they are made of the best stuff, and can combat any situation they might encounter. While we always hope for the best, we have to plan and train for the worst.