USS Gridley, At Sea – One hundred and ten Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen from various colleges around the ation embarked USS Gridley (DDG 101), to experience Surface Navy life as part of their midshipmen summer training cruise on May 29th, 2013. Summer cruise, held after a midshipman's freshman year of college, exposes midshipmen to daily operations aboard Navy ships, aircraft, and submarines.
While underway, midshipmen from Georgia Tech, Purdue, University of Wisconsin, Yale, MIT, University of Texas, University of California Berkley and a variety of other outstanding universities participated in small boat operations, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) training, full power engineering runs, a steel beach picnic, man overboard drills, damage control fire-fighting and pipe-patching as well as live-fire exercises with the .50-caliber machine gun and M-240. Several midshipmen also had the opportunity to conn the ship during man overboard drills.
“Midshipmen summer training events can really have a positive impact on how midshipmen view the Surface Navy. I tried to incorporate the positive experiences that I had as a midshipmen into their visit aboard Gridley. It’s not very often that our crew gets to demonstrate our ship’s abilities to prospective naval officers, and having the midshipmen aboard was a great experience for the crew,” said Operations Officer Lt. Benjamin Cantu.
Gridley recently returned from a six-month deployment to Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility, supporting high visibility focused operations and several multinational exercises.