29 May '12, 1pm

Keeping frigates running no easy feat for crews

Keeping frigates running no easy feat for crews

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/05/navy-crews-struggle-to-maintain-frigates-052912/ Keeping frigates running no easy feat for crews By Mark D. Faram - Staff Writer Posted : Tuesday May 29, 2012 8:44:58 EDT ABOARD THE FRIGATE ELROD — There’s a gritty pride among those who serve aboard the Navy’s oldest class of warships — unloved by the brass but babied by their crews. When something breaks, as things frequently do, it’s a training opportunity. Shrinking crews mold well-rounded sailors. And the cramped quarters build tighter bonds among shipmates. Welcome to the “Ghetto Navy” — a badge sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates proudly wear. “These ships are the oldest combatants in the fleet, and it’s no secret that things are always breaking out here,” Chief Gas Turbine Specialist (Mechanical) (SW) James Richards said aboard the Elrod, which is on a 6-month ...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/05/navy-crews-struggle...

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