USS Germantown Aces Intelligence Warfare

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) underwent a complete Intelligence Warfare (IW) Certification from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6.

The ship’s intelligence team, led by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (CTT1) Bruce Weaver, prepared for the certification months in advance.

The certification ended with a 100% score in the areas of intelligence administration, watchstander briefs, and anti-terrorism briefs. Drills were conducted on the Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination (SNOOPIE) Team with a final score of 99%. The maritime interdiction and operations (MIO) brief was the lowest scoring evolution, which was assessed at 95%.

Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist (ISCS) Lott, Afloat Training Group WESTPAC lead inspector for the IW certification, said:

This ship’s intelligence team was the most motivated and professional team I have evaluated in a long time.

The certification progressed from Spell out acronym READ-E3 to 2.0/2.1 so well from the beginning that the inspector waived the 2.2 training, which is one of the four inspection sections. This meant the entire certification process was shortened by a week.

Image: US Navy