Complacency is what gets people hurt. This particular mission you have to go execute it. Not everybody succeeds. I know that if I turn this corner my teammate will be right there. Visit, Board, Search and Seizure is a mission area comprised of a team on board the ship that allows Sailors to do other work on board to come together… they go over on a small boat to a cargo ship and they can inspect it under a United Nations Security Council Resolutions to look for contraband or… … weapons that potentially could get in the enemy’s hands. And if you do find weapons, if you do find drugs that you’re not suspected of, first and foremost you integrate that from the rest of the ship and make sure they cannot be used against you. In addition we use the same teams to go fight piracy around the world, in areas when we’re called, if there was a ship under attack, we would go into the area and use this team to board them and detain them. The course is nineteen training days long. Male or Female Sailors can apply and volunteer for the program. We try to throw as much information at them as we can, ’cause that’s what a real boarding mission’s going to give them. It’s a lot of work. I mean they’re taking in a lot of information. It’s like trying to take a drink of water through a fire hose. They have to go through individual training… My instructors take them in and teach them all the fundamentals and tactics that they need. As a team they go through training to make sure that they work well together. And I always tell myself my teammates are there and they have my back. It’s a lot of trust of the team. We’re all here for one reason and that’s to get the training to go out there and do this stuff for real. Make the wrong decision in a training environment, we can correct on it, we can re-train and re-set… “And when we de-conflict, de-conflict with your non firing hand.” … gives them that much more experience so that when they get in country, they get in theater, that they’re gonna have the confidence to know what they have to do. It’s a really exciting mission to be a part of. You can imagine being out at sea, doing your regular job, and then when we get called into an anti-piracy mission, getting in the small boat, briefing what’s gonna happen, and then going out and taking care of it. It draws you out of your normal, everyday, seven day work week into, ok, what are we doing this week? Ok, we’re doing a boarding. We’re doing a help and comfort. Our mission is constantly changing. It’s important that our students are able to go out there and provide value. VBSS isn’t necessarily anti-piracy and anti-piracy only. We have a team that can go in and be a first responder. [ no voice over ] “Sir how you doin’ today? USA boarding team, we’re conducting a search on your vessel.” Global Force For Good ties into our role as a deterrent force. We’re able to stay on station. We’re able to go out on the seas, and our friends and allies are re-assured by our presence. It really speaks to the diversity that is paramount to all the operations we conduct all over the world and what really does separate the American Navy from all navies across the globe.