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Early this year, the 471st Sailor aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) earned the coveted enlisted warfare qualification since the ship's departure from her homeport of San Diego six months before for the current Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment.
During this deployment, Tarawa Sailors and their counterparts from embarked commands achieved 275 Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualifications and 196 Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualifications (ESWS) by demonstrating general knowledge in all aspects of surface or air warfare.
"That number is outstanding," said Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Raul Randle, Tarawa's ESWS coordinator. "It shows that our Sailors …