USS Preble conducts operations with USS Lewis B. Puller

Capt. David E. Femino, commanding officer of the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), operates a rigid-hulled inflatable boat delivering passengers to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) following a visit to Puller in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 20.

Story and photo by MC3 Morgan Nall

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

Sailors from the Ar-leigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) experienced a different side of the U.S. Navy, Jan. 20, during a brief crew swap between the two ships.

Approximately 20 Sailors from each ship participated in the exchange, in an effort to educate and inform crewmembers and improve mission readiness.

“Visiting other platforms allows Sailors the unique opportunity of experiencing what life is like on the other ships we are sailing with,” said Lt. j.g. Justin Villasenor, combat acoustics officer aboard Preble. “It also gives the crews a chance to demonstrate how the ships operate on a day-today basis.”

Puller, which was redesignated from USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB3) to a commissioned warship in August 2017, stages personnel and equipment in support of diverse missions including humanitarian aid and disaster relief, crisis response, airborne mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations and maritime security operations.

As an expeditionary sea base platform, ESB 3 can support a variety of low intensity missions, thereby allowing amphibious warships and surface combatant ships to conduct other operational missions. While aboard Preble, Puller Sailors toured the ship and received training on various mission areas practiced by the destroyer.

“We’re here on Preble to receive initial certifications or requalification for the handling and storage of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles,” said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Michael W. Rogers, a Sailor assigned to Puller. “The purpose of this visit is to improve Puller’s future capabilities and mission readiness.”

Preble has been patrolling the Arabian Sea alongside Puller since early January and continues its operations in the region.

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