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USS Lake Champlain Hosts 94 USNA Midshipmen for Underway Training in Surface Warfare 
By LTJG Maura Hanley 
SAN DIEGO – On 09 July 2013 USS Lake Champlain conducted training with 94 United States Naval Academy Midshipmen onboard.
The Midshipmen were onboard as part of their summer training. The summer before their junior year at the academy, the Midshipmen spend four weeks dedicated to learning about the different options they have for service selection prior to commissioning. This week the Midshipmen learned about the surface navy; the other three weeks consist of learning about aviation, submarines, and the Marine Corps.
Once out to sea, Lake Champlain conducted a full power run, 5 inch gun shoot, Phalanx Block 1B Close in Weapon System (CIWS) firing, and a small arms shoot where the Midshipmen had to opportunity to shoot the 25mm, M240 and 50 cal machine guns.
“I enjoyed the hands on experience, in particular the firing of weapons,” said Midshipmen Second Class Katrina Thompson.
The Midshipmen were given a tour of the ship and were able to talk with the officer’s and crew to see what being a Surface Warfare Officer entails. They were able to interact throughout the day with the crew and enjoyed a steel beach picnic on Lake Champlain’s flight deck.
“Today was a good look at the surface Navy. I enjoyed my time on Lake Champlain and felt her power as I fired the 5 inch gun,” said Midshipmen Second Class Zach Mossman.
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