May 2023

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2023 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – If you work onboard a steel tube hundreds of feet underwater, you need to be proficient at extinguishing fires and controlling flooding.

So maybe it’s no surprise that the damage control team of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Indiana (Groton, Conn.), led by Machinist’s Mate Auxiliary 1st Class William Youngs, took home the gold in the 18th annual Damage Control Olympics, hosted by Resolve Academy at Fleet Week Port Everglades on Tuesday (April 25). Service members from the USS Cole (Norfolk, Va.), USS New York (Norfolk, Va.), and USCGC William Flores (Miami, Fla.) also competed alongside the USS Indiana.

Watch the Fleet Week Vessel Damage Control Teams in action during Resolve’s 18th Annual Damage Control Olympics here.

Resolve Academy created Damage Control Olympics almost 20 years ago to recognize the invaluable contributions of the men and women who serve our country. For those competing, the various drills simulate real-life emergencies that a sailor could experience onboard a vessel at sea, providing valuable experience in a fast-paced, competitive environment. This year’s teams competed in a series of timed practical training exercises and shipboard emergency response scenarios, including interaction with live fire, smoke-filled environments, and a flooded ship chamber.

“It was a great event in a beautiful new facility,” said Rear Adm. Tom Williams, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO. “It added some fun competition to a vital discipline that is ingrained into each and every Sailor who has served aboard a ship since the U.S. Navy’s inception.”

“I feel really proud that we did this for the submarine force,” said USS Indiana Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Fitzsimmons. “Damage control is kind of our bread and butter because if we aren’t proficient at it, we lose the ship.”

The competition, hosted at Resolve Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., included four simulated emergency response events: a P100 external firefighting drill, an internal firefighting exercise, a search and rescue operation, and a damage control drill. The event has become an annual tradition, anticipated by service members who see it as an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, learn from their peers, and bond with their fellow crewmates.

“It was an honor to once again host the remarkable Fleet Week vessel teams,” said Lana Farrell, Executive Director of Resolve Academy. “This year, the teams faced greater challenges than ever before, navigating through our newly updated and much larger training facility, the T/V Resolve Vision. Despite the increased difficulty, teams displayed remarkable leadership, unwavering dedication, and an unparalleled sense of teamwork. We look forward to continuing this tradition for the years to come.”

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About Resolve Academy

Resolve Academy serves the safety and emergency response training needs of the maritime industry. The company offers STCW and USCG- and MCA-approved maritime firefighting and safety courses for firefighters, seafarers, marine crew, and pilots. A 62,000 square foot campus provides classroom and simulator shipboard firefighting training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA. For more information visit

About Resolve Marine

Resolve Marine is a global leader in ship and vessel salvage, rescue, emergency response and specialized marine services. A private company established in 1984 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Resolve Marine has commercial offices, response warehouses and equipment depots in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more information visit, call +1.954.764.8700 or follow us on LinkedIn, and Twitter and Facebook @resolvemarine.

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