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Benfold Hosts Midshipmen for Summer Training
By Lt.j.g. Jordan Adler, USS Benfold 
San Diego (NNS) – USS Benfold (DDG 65) welcomed 23 Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy for a two-day cruise off the coast of Southern California as a part of summer training.

Over eight, one-week long training blocks, USS Benfold will host Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen.  Benfold officers and crew will guide Midshipmen through a wide-range of Surface Warfare activities, including underway demonstrations, ship tours and mentoring sessions.

“Midshipmen summer training is a great opportunity for the Surface Warfare community to showcase the relevance of today’s combat fleet and the importance of Naval forces,” said Cmdr. Kevin Brand, USS Benfold Commanding Officer.  “It is my hope that by the end of the week, the Midshipmen will have gained valuable insights on the immense capabilities of today’s Surface Navy.”

While underway, Benfold demonstrated a wide scope of warfare capabilities.  Midshipmen witnessed and participated in full speed runs, a precision anchorage, helicopter operations, a replenishment-at-sea evolution and a rescue-at-sea operation.  They also experienced the combat capability of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer by taking part in firing exercises with the 5-inch gun, the close-in weapon system and other crew-served weapons.  Additionally, Benfold crew members demonstrated damage control and combat systems training scenarios that replicated real world missions in the Fleet.

“Midshipmen summer training has been quite an experience thus far,” said Midshipman Second Class Will Appling.  “Compared to last year’s cruise, when the ship was only pierside, this year I have already experienced a high power run and had the opportunity to fire the ship’s weapons.”

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