USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106)
had the pleasure of advancing the professional development of six Midshipmen for three weeks in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in support of the annual summer training exercises that send midshipmen to various Navy units between their academic years.
“Summer Cruise” allows midshipmen to a gain a glimpse as to what they can expect to see and do when they enter the Fleet as new Ensigns and Division Officers. Each midshipman was paired with a junior officer “running mate” who introduced them to the every-day life of a Surface Warfare Officer.
Whether it was conducting a maintenance spot check, participating in VBSS training, or standing in-port watches with their running mates, the midshipmen gained experiences that will ease their transition into the Fleet and provide valuable experiences from which they can draw as new Ensigns. MIDN 1/C Jessica Shapiro elaborated that “the Division Officers and crew provided valuable insights and great advice that will surely impact how I approach my future job in the Fleet.”
The midshipmen were fortunate to catch STOCKDALE at the end of her Maiden Deployment in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This allowed the Midshipmen to learn about the broader Navy and see the many historic sites on base and visit other Navy units.
The midshipmen visited USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), in addition to tours at the USS ARIZONA memorial and USS MISSOURI. They experienced a Wardroom “Hail and Farewell,” morning PT, and meetings with Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Patrick Walsh, and Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Rear Admiral Smith.
Although the midshipmen experienced in a limited time what many Sailors are fortunate enough to experience in a year, they unanimously declared that the most valuable part of their cruise was their conversations with the crew in the passageways, on the Quarterdeck, or during meals.
According to MIDN 1/C Mansfield Murph, “Everyone was ready and willing to engage and answer questions in full detail. We truly appreciate the eagerness of everybody onboard to teach us what they do.”
STOCKDALE looks forward to future opportunities to host midshipmen onboard and contribute to the training and development of the Navy’s next generation of officers.