US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

Damage Control Training, "USS BUTTERCUP," Naval Station Newport


On 21 April 2005, NCBC Battalion Sea Cadets engaged in a joint training evolution in Damage Control with their shipmates from FALCON Division, Providence, RI. The training took place at the U.S. Navy's wet trainer at Naval Station Newport, RI, fondly known as the "USS BUTTERCUP." Cadets were instructed in basic damage control techniques for both investigators and responders, including the use of temporary patches and custom-built (on the fly) shoring and patching. The intent of the training exercises were multifaceted - the Cadets were to investigate the casualty, assess the damage, report to Damage Control Central, and then implement emergency procedures to save the ship. The simulation environment was realistic - rapid flooding from high pressure pipe ruptures and breaches in the hull all conspired to create a very dramatic flooding scenario. Cadets had to work together as a team for the casualty response to be effective, and learned in a not-too-subtle fashion the consequences of inattention to detail or non-focused leadership.

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Cadet installs jubilee pipe patch

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USN Instructor briefs Cadets.
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Cadets assemble at trainer.
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USN Instructor sets the scenario.
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Cadets listen attentively.
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The patching demonstration begins.
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The fine points of securing timbers.
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Shoring wedges must be carefully placed.
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Cadets take stock.
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FALCON Staff listen attentively.
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NCBC CO takes it all in.
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Demonstrating the jubilee pipe patch.
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Installing the jubilee pipe patch.
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Installing the flat patch/plug.
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Demonstrating the bucket patch.
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Cadets must understand the mechanism.
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Boarding the USS BUTTERCUP.
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Cadets assemble topside.
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The exercise is set to begin.
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Last rally for the troops.
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USN Instructor gives final safety brief.
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Instructors prepare the simulator.
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Investigators assess the situation.
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Cadets enter the compartment.
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Preparing to install the pipe patch.
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Cadet receives clearance to secure piping.
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Note the depth on the gauge.
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Instructors observe Cadet response.
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NSCC Staff in observation booth.
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Cadet tightens jubilee pipe patch.
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Cadet stands watch over deck patch.
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NCBC CO checks for survivors.
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Note the water level in the compartment.
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Cadets respond to pipe rupture.
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Cadet copes with rising water.





 
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