TIMOR SEA - Future naval officers gained real life experience aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) 25 July.
The six midshipmen, four from the U.S. Naval Academy and two from Oregon State University reserve officers’ training corps, will spend the next few weeks aboard Curtis Wilbur experiencing the life of a Sailor.
The midshipmen will learn about ship life firsthand as well as get an idea of what their duties will be once they serve aboard a ship as a commissioned officer.
“These midshipmen couldn’t ask for a better opportunity,” said Cmdr. Joseph Femino, executive officer of Curtis Wilbur. “In a period of four weeks they will travel halfway around the world, conduct operations with a carrier task force, participate in a bilateral exercise, make a port visit, and cross the equator.”
With the midshipmen now on their way to learning the ins and outs of Navy life, they are ready and eager to learn everything they can.
“This is the furthest I have ever been from home,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Earl Day Ehrart V, from the U.S. Naval Academy. “So far it has been a good experience, I have learned so much in my time aboard, and I have only been here a few days.”
While aboard, the midshipmen were guided by various enlisted Sailors and officers who demonstrated their duties aboard the ship, and gave the midshipmen their own personal advice on how to be a good leader.
“The Navy has a lot invested in these Midshipmen,” said Engineman 1st Class Shawn Henderson. “They will be officers in the near future and while they are here I want to show them what I do as a Sailor and as a leader.”
The midshipmen are scheduled to stay aboard Curtis Wilbur until Aug. 17, they will then return to their respective universities to continue their education.
Curtis Wilbur is on patrol in the Western Pacific to maintain security and stability in the region.