By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Schumacher

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participated in a fire drill with Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services (NRNW F&ES), Oct. 29.

The goal of the combined drill is to strengthen firefighting teamwork and efficiency between Stennis and NRNW F&ES to ensure both commands are better prepared to respond to an actual emergency.

The joint drills were put in place as a result of the difficulties experienced during the 2012 fire aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

“These drills are in preparation for a large-scale drill [planned for] February to keep scenarios like the Miami fire from happening again,” said NRNW F&ES Battalion Fire Chief Jerry Daniels.

After the drill, Stennis and NRNW F&ES leadership met to review evaluations and notes and discuss which areas will require further training.

“Today’s drill was an evaluation of our performance working together,” said Cmdr. Nonito Blas, Stennis Chief Engineer. “It helps us see where we need to improve for our future, more complex, fire drills.” Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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