28 Jun '14, 1pm

Permanently Dry Docked

Permanently Dry Docked

Built in 1957, USS Desert Ship (LLS-1), located at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, is a crucial part of the Navy's fleet. The land-based testing facility provides a level of rigor, control and flexibility in the testing of Navy weapons that is not achievable at sea on surface combatants. Serving as the leading petty officer for the Desert Ship is Fire Controlman 1st Class James R. Hays from Dimmitt, Texas. Although the Desert Ship wasn't his first choice, he has found much value in being a sea Sailor permanently on dry dock in the desert. "I'm in training to be the fire control officer(FCO) of the Desert Ship," said Hays, who is one of only about 30 Sailors stationed at White Sands. "That means a lot to me because in the past it has been a chief or senior chief who holds that position. I am pretty sure I would be the first E-6 to qualify for that position." As...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/ftrStory.asp?issue=3&id=81844

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