>MUNRO Ship’s Journal – LTJG Hanna

>So you all know that these days we spend a lot of time running drills that are specifically designed to prepare us for TACT. Sometimes it gets frustrating and doesn't seem necessary, but TACT is meant to prepare us for responding to actual equipment casualties in a real world situation. On the Munro, it is possible that people report to ship for duty and depart before they ever see an actual casualty. Other people feel like a casualty happens every time they stand watch and they should be taken out of the rotation to prevent casualties. We all know it is no single person's fault, but it does feel that way sometimes. Our Electrician's Mate Chief and Assistant to the Damage Control Assistant seem to be culprits. Any watch I am on should be prepared for anything as well. I used to get a little nervous whenever I had watch in the engine room but with all the training we receive and the actual casualties that my team has responded to, I realize we just do what we have to do if something bad happens and, of course, do all that we can to prevent something bad from happening before it does.

The other morning when I was on the morning watch before everyone wakes up, the #2 Ship's Service Diesel Generator (SSDG) started to overheat. We had not paralleled the offline generator to the bus tie yet that morning, so when the cook woke up and turned on all the galley cooking equipment the single generator had an excessive load. As a watch section we quickly followed the correct steps and reduced the load, conducted a system intact check, and let the bridge know what was going on. The system was intact and the temperatures started decreasing almost immediately. It is amazing how things can go from just fine in the engine room to multiple issues that can easily become larger ones if not handled correctly. Next time I have the morning watch, I will be sure to parallel before 0630 to prevent this from happening again.

Thanks to the Basic Engineering Casualty Control Exercises (BECCEs) and all the training that we receive we were able to prevent the problems from becoming even worse than they were. Let's go to TACT!