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War Wagon -- Governing Instruction



(1) War Wagon Pre-Departure Checklist
(2) War Wagon Post Trip Checklist

  1. Purpose. To promulgate the organization, doctrine and procedure for use of Fleet Training Group, Norfolk's Mobile Damage Control Trainer.
  2. Cancellation. When the basic directive is superseded by a revision or is otherwise canceled.
  3. Requesting procedures. The following procedure needs to be followed when requesting the use of ATG Mobile Wet Trainer:
    1. The requesting command/unit Training Officer shall contact the assigned NATG Training Liaison Officer to discuss requested training.
    2. A formal message via. message traffic to ATG schedules (message plad COMAFLOATRAGRU NORFOLK VA //N7/) with the primary and alternate training dates.
    3. Once NATG has confirmed that the wet trainer has been scheduled for training, ships will conform to their area SOPA instruction for pier access to accommodate the wet trainer.
    4. ATG TLO will send the ship specific instructions that will explain to the requesting command the arrival time/date and who the instructors are that will be conducting the training.
  4. Discussion. Standardized Damage Control (DC) training in the areas of plugging, pipe-patching, dewatering, and shoring are provided through the use of the Mobile Damage Control Trainer. It consists of a steel, trailer-mounted compartment modified with ruptured piping (for patching), a sprung hatch and damaged door (for shoring), and a split seam and holes (for plugging). The interior compartment can be flooded to a depth of 36 inches. The trainers will use the Mobile Damage Control Trainer Curriculum Outline as to instruct. Commands will not receive (formal school house course credit) upon completion of training. Training is primarily accomplished in the Tidewater area and North from April to October, and in the South and Gulf Coast areas from November to March.
  5. Action. Responsibilities for trainer management, maintenance, transportation and training are as follows:
    1. Management: The Damage Control Division Officer will staff a Mobile Trainer Supervisor (E-7 or senior), and one training team (2 members) consisting of a Team Leader (an E-6 or senior), and one E-6 or above personnel. The team members will normally be Damage Controlmen. The Team Leader will maintain vehicle logs and all other mission associated logs. The Team Leader will brief the unit CO/OIC on the first day of training and request an evaluation of the team be conducted and documented. The Team Leader will keep ATG Norfolk (N3) briefed at least twice weekly on mission status.
    2. Maintenance: The Mobile Trainer Supervisor will direct all routine field maintenance on the tractor. This includes, but is not limited to, changing wipers, adding fuel/oil and any emergency road repairs consistent with mission accomplishment. Intermediate and depot level maintenance to include any engine work, brakes, hydraulics and all other fluid changes will be scheduled by the Mobile Trainer Supervisor, and supported by Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Public Works, commercial sources or other DOD sources. The Mobile Trainer Supervisor is also responsible for all routine trainer hook-ups, valve, door and trailer adjustments, cleaning, painting and minor repairs. Upon mission completion the team will thoroughly clean all vehicles and do a complete vehicle check on both the van (if utilized) and the tractor/trailer as per enclosure (1). All vehicle discrepancies not corrected and vehicle logs will be turned into the Mobile Trainer Supervisor.
    3. Transportation: The Team Leader will notify the command upon arrival and ensure that the trainer is transported to and ready to train at the scheduled mission location. The Damage Control Division Officer will ensure that sufficient qualified drivers are available.
    4. Training: The Mobile Trainer Supervisor will ensure that all training equipment is ready for the mission. All Damage Control Training Team members will complete the War Wagon PQS prior to instructing.
  6. Safety. The following are minimum safety precautions:
    1. All Damage Control Training Team members will comply with appropriate safety procedures as required. Personnel designated as tractor drivers shall complete the truck driver PQS or appropriate commercial school and obtain a commercial truck drivers license or government truck drivers license.
    2. The trailer support legs will be positioned and set prior to any use.
    3. The water level shall not exceed the height of the starboard window combing which is 36 inches.
    4. Operational Risk Management (ORM) shall be accomplished when planning and conducting all training. Unrestricted training may be conducted when air and water temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. A qualified corpsman shall be present at all times when training is conducted. Special consideration must be given to the possibility of hypothermia when training in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. The training site Officer of the Deck, Fire Department and Public Works Department, if available, will be informed of the location and the scheduled length of training before training commences.
    6. Electric equipment of any kind will not be permitted or used inside or near the Mobile DC Wet Trainer.
  7. Responsibilities
    1. The ship undergoing training shall provide enough 2-1/2 inch hose to reach from the water riser to the trainer, a plugging/pipe patching kit and a shoring kit. An adequate amount of wedges, plugs, oakum and marlin to be used for training. 4in.x4in.x10ft. or 2in.x4in.x10ft. shores may be required to facilitate training for large groups when temperature does not permit actual wet training.
    2. Only qualified ATG Norfolk personnel will transport set-up and operate the DC Wet Trainer.
    3. ATG Norfolk Damage Control Trainers will instruct teams in proper DC techniques and procedures, substituting the DC Wet Trainer for a ship's compartment.