Fire and toxic hazards are among the many potential risks for any mariner at sea.
CAPTION: HMAS Hobart’s ship’s company render firefighting assistance to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweeping tender JS Bungo during a damage control exercise. Story and photo by Leading Seaman Daniel Goodman.
The ship’s company of HMAS Hobart conducted an intense damage-control exercise off Japan’s coast during the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) International Fleet Review search-and-rescue exercise.
Along with responding to three simulated fires and a toxic hazard on board, Hobart also rendered assistance to JMSDF minesweeping tender JS Bungo as its crew fought a simulated blaze.
Combat survivability training officer Lieutenant Bryson Carew said Hobart came to the aid of the JMSDF ship.
“Hobart’s crew directed hoses towards JS Bungo, which was experiencing an upper-deck fire,” Lieutenant Carew said.
“It is important that we train not only to keep ourselves in the fight, but our friends too, and it brings about a good feeling among the crew.”
Lieutenant Carew said the exercise with the Japanese ship followed a challenging internal training scenario designed to test Hobart’s response to battle damage from an incoming missile.
“The crew dealt with a major fire in the forward boatswain’s store, a flashed-over fire in the supply storeroom, a minor fire in the weapons electrical engineering officer’s cabin and an oxygen depletion toxic hazard in auxiliary engine room 3,” Lieutenant Carew said.
The exercise tested skills in command, control and communication, repair base damage control and battle damage assessment and recovery.
Damage-control exercises are routinely conducted at sea to help keep ships and their crews safe.