Damage Control Training

NC's Damage Control Training

In World War II many warships were sunk by torpedoes, air-bombs, mines and gun boats in a short time, because their damage control system was not good enough.

So in the naval cadet overseas training, we must attend the damage control training every year. Naval cadets must learn and practice fire fighting and repairing the damaged structure. At the Damage Control Department training provided by the Fleet Training Center, Sattahip, we train in special chambers, which were built for specific trainings. For example, there is a chamber in which water can flow, that is used for plugging, shoring and patching drills. Fire fighting chamber A is used for fires that burn on wood and fire fighting chamber B is used for fires that burn on oil. After the training we have time to relax. We can buy ice cream from the same seller, who will come as soon as he sees the smoke in the training. The damage control training takes one month. After training ashore, we move on to the sea training on board. On the training ship naval cadets must train every day.

Damage control is the main course of naval cadets in the 2nd year, and naval cadets of the 3rd and 4th year are trainers and instructors. In the morning, if we hear the battle station alarm, everybody will know it is training time. The Damage Control Unit will get ready at the damage control room and prepare the equipment.

The Damage Control Unit will go to the place where there is a fire or damage as soon as possible, to control the fire and repair the damaged structure. On the training ship there are damage control rooms at the bow and stern, but some shops have 3 or 4 rooms.

Concluding, the damage control training is useful for naval cadets. They can learn about safety on warships and get good experience that they can use in their future career.

Written by Yamato, November 2005

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