USS Preble Sailors conduct VBSS exercise

MCSN Morgan K. Nall

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

More than 20 Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) conducted a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise, Aug. 3, off the coast of southern California.

The VBSS exercise, conducted with civilians playing the role of a compliant merchant vessel, was meant to test the skills of the crew and their ability to work together to ensure the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

“There are many members of the crew that need to know how to maneuver the ship in order to support us,” said Chief Operations Specialist Alan K. Hudnall, VBSS boarding officer. “We had a lot of good communication between the Preble and the VBSS team, including where and when to move and exchanging information.”

The exercise provided a learning opportunity for both the VBSS members and Preble Sailors to see what aspects went well, and which areas can be improved in the future.

“Our code words, call signs, movements and security sweeps were executed in the way they were supposed to and we did all of the basics right,” Hudnall said. “We did a great job ensuring the compliant boarding situation did not escalate unnecessarily.”

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