SURFPAC to Welcome Midshipmen for Summer Training
By Lt. Alec Zirkenbach, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
San Diego – Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) will welcome the first of nearly 1,000 Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen next week, as they converge on the San Diego waterfront for summer training.
Over eight, one-week long training blocks, Midshipmen will experience a wide range of Surface Warfare activities, including demonstrations, ship and shore command tours, and an underway embark. Members of the SURFPAC staff, along with San Diego waterfront leadership, have planned a number of activities designed to introduce Midshipmen to the Surface Navy.
"Midshipmen are the future leaders of our Navy,” said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “Providing them an opportunity to interact with our great Sailors and learn first hand about the pride, professionalism and opportunities present in today's high-tech Surface Navy will help them make an informed decision about their desired career path after graduation."
Summer training emphasizes fleet education by introducing Midshipmen to the missions and requirements of the Navy’s primary warfare communities, reinforcing lessons learned during the academic year with actual operational experience.
After spending two days at sea, the Midshipmen will return to the San Diego waterfront to try out some of the Navy’s newest and most advanced bridge simulators. First, Midshipmen will man the simulated bridge of a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) at the LCS Shore Based Technical Trainer. Next, they will conn (drive) ships from multiple classes at the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer, a state-of-the art bridge simulator used to train ship crews in navigation and ship handling through three-dimensional virtual technology. Finally, Midshipmen will train in the Naval Station San Diego’s damage control simulator, firefighting trainer, and the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure trainer, and will even fire live rounds from crew-served weapons.
“Our goal is to show the Midshipmen the daily operations on board a modern warship,” said Commander Joe Olson, commanding officer, USS Green Bay (LPD 20). “This is a great experience to see the fleet in action and gives the Midshipmen the chance to put their academic studies into practical use.”
Over 30 ships and 10 shore commands will participate throughout the eight weeks of Midshipmen training.
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