conducting casualty control drills is authorized by
the commanding officer, the engineer officer must
prepare a drill plan which provides for the train-
ing desired. Careful preplanning and sequencing
of events is mandatory.
After the proposed drill plan is approved by
the commanding officer, the designated ECCET
personnel meet and make sure that each member
of the team understands the procedures and the
sequencing of events. In preparing the drill plan,
consideration is given to the following:
1. General condition of the engineering plant.
2. Machinery and safety devices out of com-
3. Length of time set aside for drills.
4. State of training of the watch section.
5. Power to be provided to vital circuits.
Within the constraints of the items listed
above, first priority on drill selection is given to
boiler casualty drills and propulsion space fire
drills in that these drills represent the greatest
danger and involve the largest number of propul-
sion plant watch team personnel. Second prior-
ity is given to lube oil system casualties because
of the inherent danger to main and auxiliary
equipments that these casualties represent. Third
priority is given to other main engine casualties.
In selecting drills, the engineer officer must give
emphasis to the development of watch team pro-
ficiency in handling priority one type casualties.
Normally, ECCET members arrive on station
shortly before the drills commence and ensure that
communications are established throughout the
plant. With the officer of the decks (OODs) per-
mission, the drill initiator imposes a casualty in
accordance with the drill plan. Within the bound-
aries of safety to personnel and equipment, drills
are conducted as realistically as possible and
simulations are kept to an absolute minimum.
Any time a hazardous situation develops, ECCET
members assist the watch section in restoring the
plant to the proper operating parameters. Addi-
tionally, the ECCET members complete a drill
critique form during the course of the drill.
As soon as possible following the drill, a cri-
tique is conducted. It is attended by personnel of
the applicable watch section, the ECCET, and the
engineer officer. The ECCET leader gives the
finding for the drill and, in the case of unsatisfac-
tory drills, provides the reasons for that finding.
All other ECCET members then read their drill
critique form. Drills are evaluated as satisfactory
or unsatisfactory by the ECCET leader, based on
a review of the critique sheets prior to the cri-
tique. The following deficiencies form a basis for
a finding of unsatisfactory for a drill:
1. Loss of plant control by the EOOW or
space supervisor when he is either unaware of the
status of the plant, or unable to restore the plant
to a normal operating condition utilizing
EOSS/EOCC or other promulgated casualty con-
2. Safety violations which cause a hazard to
personnel or may result in serious machinery
3. Significant procedural deficiencies which
indicate a lack of knowledge of the proper pro-
cedures to be followed in correcting a casualty.
CORRECTION AND PREVENTION
The speed with which corrective action is ap-
plied to an engineering casualty is frequently of
paramount importance. This is particularly true
when dealing with casualties which affect propul-
sion power, steering, and electrical power genera-
tion and distribution. If casualties associated with
these functions are allowed to spread, they may
lead to serious damage to the engineering installa-
tion, a damage which often cannot be repaired
without loss of the ships operating availability.
Where possible risk of permanent damage exists,
the commanding officer has the responsibility for
deciding whether or not to continue the opera-
tion of the equipment under casualty conditions.
The operation of equipment under casualty con-
trol can be justified only where the risk of even
greater damage, or loss of the ship, may be in-
curred by immediately securing the affected unit.
Whenever there is no probability of greater
risk, the proper procedure is to secure the
malfunctioning unit as quickly as possible even
though considerable disturbance to the ships
operations may occur. Although speed in control-
ling a casualty is essential, action should never
be undertaken without accurate information,
ENGINEMAN 1 & C