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The bridge crew of USS Hartford along with two midshipmen (without ball  
caps) observe mooring procedures at Naval Submarine Base New London.
ROTC Midshipmen Participate in Summer Training Program aboard USS Hartford
 
GROTON, Conn. – Six Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps midshipmen who embarked on a 13-day orientation cruise aboard USS Hartford (SSN 768) returned to port, June 28.
 
The six midshipmen who participated in the program hail from Rochester Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Old Dominion University and Rice University. They traveled to the Bahamas on June 16 to embark on their cruise. 
 
The event was part of a summer service orientation program coordinated by Commander, Submarine Group Two (CSG Two), which is designed to give the midshipmen an understanding of different Navy and Marine Corps career fields.
 
“These extended submarine cruises are an excellent opportunity for midshipmen from both the U.S. Naval Academy and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to learn about the submarine force, so they can decide if it's the career path they want in the Navy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Dee, midshipmen area coordinator for Groton at Commander, Submarine Group Two.

During the 2011 Summer Cruise visiting midshipmen will be provided in-depth tours aboard boats assigned to CSG Two. While aboard they will be assigned various duties to gain familiarity and hands-on experience with the equipment and operations of our nation's nuclear-powered fast attack submarines.
 
“It was really an eye opener for me because I really saw how much work they have to do,” said Midshipmen Second Class Ross Spinelli, of Pittsburgh, Penn., who reflected on his favorite aspect of the summer service orientation program. “Getting to know the enlisted and officers was my favorite part and to learn how they live and work together.”
 
Spinelli said the summer orientation program aboard USS Hartford reinforces his decision to choose the submarine field after graduation.
 
Starting in June through August, CSG Two will host several hundred visiting midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and NROTC students from around the country.

 

The bridge crew of USS Hartford along with two midshipmen observe mooring procedures at Naval Submarine Base New London.

 

Midshipman Christian Diaz talks to his father CMDCM Hakim Diaz, attached to Naval Recruiting District New England, after returning from a two week underway on USS Hartford.

 

Six midshipmen who hail from Rochester Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Old Dominion University and Rice University pose with Lt. Cmdr. Chris Hover, executive officer of USS Hartford (SSN 768).