I would like to start this log entry with a hearty congratulations for some recent promotions. ETNC Fendley, MMAC Mroz, and ETNC Stewart all recently pinned on their Chief’s anchors. Also, LCDR Sault and LT Anglin were both selected for permanent appointment to Lieutenant Commander. Finally, through the Meritorious Advancement Program, the command promoted MMA1 Howard, MMW2 Johnson and ETV3 Pegg. Congratulations to all. Soon we should get the results of the latest advancement examination and I look forward to more promotions.
Ship construction is progressing with minor delays; sea trials and delivery to the Navy is only months away. The crew has done a great job preparing for our future operations. The weaponeers were recently certified to load and handle torpedoes. They also led the charge towards our force protection certification. The engineers successfully performed the initial start-up and shutdown of the reactor and will be testing the steam plant systems, shortly. Those in Navigation & Operations department are preparing for navigation systems certifications. Last week, we shifted working spaces in conjunction with the transfer of our computer systems from the PCU building to aboard the ship. Later this month, the ship will be declared habitable (as discussed in my last log entry) in large part due to the efforts of Supply Department.
On the horizon is full combat system interoperability testing, salvage equipment inspections, dock trails, and then final crew certification prior to fast cruise and sea trials. In support of all these events, the crew has been testing the multitude of systems, walking through various procedures and practicing casualty actions. I look forward to going to sea with this highly professional team of sailors.
J.J. Schneider Commanding Officer