SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) welcomed friends and family aboard for an open house on Naval Base San Diego, May 28.
Sailors set up different stations that presented various shipboard operations. Subject matter experts explained how to operate the anchor, the use of small arms weapons, and different aspects of damage control. Guests also had an opportunity to spray a fire hose off the forecastle.
Friends and family members experienced firsthand what it takes for John Paul Jones to stay operational as they walked around on guided tours.
"It's impressive to see how everybody works together, even when it comes to anchoring," said Corelius Murphy, a guest aboard for the open house.
The guests also received a demonstration of the technological capabilities of the Close-in Weapons System (CIWS) on the forecastle. Due to John Paul Jones being pier side, the demonstration did not use live ammunition.
"The defense system was completely automatic - that's awesome," said Ron Huffman, a visitor during the open house. "It's interesting how the octagon-shaped system picks up enemy ships, and then automatically determines which gun to use."
Friends and family members also toured inside the ship. The space efficiency of the berthing spaces impressed a number of guests.
"The living quarters are so small considering how many people live there," said Murphy.
One of the stations laid out life jackets on the deck. Seaman Charles Desperatta showed guests how to properly don a life-preserver while he talked about ship safety. He was pleased that John Paul Jones opened up to show Sailors' families what they did while they were at sea.
"This is important for our families," said Desperatta, "So they know what we're doing when we go underway. They get an idea of how important our work is and they'll understand if we can't talk to them for lengths of time."
The crew of John Paul Jones is currently making preparations for the ship's change of homeport from Naval Base San Diego to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii later this summer.