A Marine fires a flashbang grenade from a shotgun attachment, one of several non-lethal weapons under use by the U. S. Department of Defense (U.S. Navy photo).

Posted: May 29, 2020

March 22, 2020 —

Standing watch is a large part of a deployed sailor’s life. At any given time, there will always be sailors on watch aboard a U.S. Naval vessel, whether on the quarterdeck to ring on a visiting admiral, topside on rover watch, or on the missile deck as the aft lookout.

Through the Naval Security Force Sentry (NSFS) and Security Reaction Force Basic (SRF-B) training that concluded March 4, 2020, 22 sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class, guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) became qualified, armed watch-standers as part of the ship’s security reaction force.

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