Dominican Republic navy engineers complete Coast Guard engineering logistics course

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Coast Guard recognized 11 Dominican Republic navy engineering officers Friday who completed an advanced Coast Guard Engineering Logistics and Administration course at the 27 February Naval Base in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“This Coast Guard training will help this excellent group of Dominican navy engineering officers better leverage their experience so they can be more effective in using their people and resources to maintain the diverse assets of the Dominican Navy,” said Stephen Elliot, Coast Guard International Training Division Instructor and team leader. “It was a pleasure to work with them and an honor to be a part of the future of the Dominican Navy.”

The week-long course, administered by three Coast Guard International Training Division Instructors from Yorktown, Va., focused on engineering policies and procedures, covering everything from training and safety to maintenance scheduling and log keeping.

Course participants conducted numerous exercises in the classroom and aboard Dominican navy ships, and they worked on building a more robust training system by practicing simulated engineering casualties and evaluating the other engineers’ response to them.

The class also took the opportunity Friday morning to visit the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, which was in Santo Domingo for a port call. The visit allowed the students to see in action the various elements of engineering policy covered in the class.

The course culminated with an improvement seminar which consisted of the students drafting plans to improve the existing Dominican engineering policies based on both what they learned in class and their individual experiences.

Capt. William Jimenez Inoa, Dominican Republic navy’s Education and Training Directorate chief presided over the graduation ceremony on behalf of Vice Adm. Homero Luis Lajara Solá, Dominican Republic navy chief of staff, along with Capt. Juan Corporán Marte, Dominican Republic navy’s Construction and Repair Directorate chief .

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