Torres Completes Training Exercise

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Torres, son of Lillian I. and Ramon L. Torres of Carteret, and fellow Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, home ported in San Diego, Calif., recently participated in detainee handling training while conducting a two-week certification exercise off the coast of Southern California.

The training ensured the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team with and members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force (MRF) that all personnel on the ship are capable of properly handle a detainee in the event the ship’s VBSS or MRF team was to apprehend during a mission.

New Orleans is the second of the San Antonio-class transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment.

Torres is a 1998 graduate of Perth Amboy High School and joined the Navy in May 2004.

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