Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) and Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG 3) hosted the Shore Power 2021 brief with the help of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) electricians at the Naval Base San Diego Theater Nov. 16.
While ships are pierside, shore-power cables can be connected to provide the ships electrical power when their main and auxiliary engines are shut down. The many risks of handing these ship-to-shore connection cables, as well as frequent updates to the maintenance on them, led to the establishment of annual training and assessments to support shipboard personnel.
“We have the greatest Warfighting navy in the world, and it is an honor and privilege that I am still able to work with and train the nation’s greatest naval asset – Sailors”, said Capt. (Ret) Robert Bailey, the surface ship maintenance and modernization (SEA 21), material readiness liaison for Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
Annual shore power training is a tool for enabling waterfront subject matter experts to connect with Sailors. The presenters explained the importance of preventative safety actions and adherence to the correct procedures in handling shore power connection cables.
“The safety and readiness of Sailors is always our number one priority”, said Bailey. “Our team’s goal is ensuring Sailors are rigging and unrigging high voltage electrical cables safely and with verbatim compliance in mind.”
Technical experts from NAVFAC and CNSP used videos, lectures and demonstrations to emphasize the importance of effective engineering leadership for personnel involved in shore power evolutions and provides electronic footage of the brief to every appropriate unit in the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.