USS Cleveland, At Sea – Sailors aboard USS Cleveland (LPD 7) hosted 31 midshipmen from various colleges on board as part of the Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) July 14 – 17.
CORTRAMID is an active duty summer program that exposes midshipmen from Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units throughout the U.S. to various aspects of the Navy and provides them with valuable information to assist them in making their decision on what community they will select upon graduation and commissioning.
“This at sea period is designed to familiarize midshipmen with the operations and mission of the amphibious community,” said Lt. j.g. Heather Crain, Cleveland’s CORTRAMID coordinator. “It also provides a first hand look at jobs and the various missions these future officers can expect if they choose to enter the surface community and aspire to become a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO).”
While aboard Cleveland, midshipmen observed and participated in ship handling evolutions, fire fighting training, well deck operations, flight deck operations, live fire exercises, and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) demonstrations.
“It was cool to see how serious the crew of Cleveland took the general quarters scenario,” stated Midshipman 3rd Class Nathan Fredrickson, from the Illinois Institute of Technology. “Even though it wasn’t real, the crew members remained extremely professional.”
The group was integrated into every aspect of the ships routines, including watch in the engineering plant and on the bridge. Additionally, the interaction with the crew afforded them the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to their expectations of a junior officer.
“It was great talking with the officers, chiefs, and enlisted personnel. Not only were they willing to take the time to explain what was going on, they gave us good advice on what’s expected of an officer and how to gain the respect from the enlisted personnel when we first take over a division,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Ryan Henderson, from Oregon State University.
Cleveland is scheduled to train additional midshipmen over the next month where their Surface Warfare Officers will encourage them to get involved and engage themselves daily.
“Summer cruise ultimately provides a great opportunity for midshipmen to gain hands on training and exposure to the fleet before deciding their future career paths,” said Ensign Scott Clark, Cleveland’s Second Division Officer.