Tour Aboard USS Milius 

SAN DIEGO (June 11, 2011) - Command Duty Officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Leyk, gives a group of future Sailors a safety brief on the precautions needed while touring USS MILIUS (DDG 69). The tour group was eager to get inside and see how life onboard a Navy warship operates.
USS Milius Hosts Ship Tours for Future Sailors 
By Ensign Rhianna Cole USS MILIUS (DDG 69) Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO – USS MILIUS (DDG 69) hosted ship tours for Hickman Mills Marine Corps Junior ROTC and future Sailors of the Navy to give them a first hand look inside life onboard a ship and to learn about the ship and her crew.

The groups were escorted throughout the ship by some of MILIUS’ finest Sailors.

The tour groups started on the Quarterdeck with a safety brief and then ventured inside the skin of the ship.

“It was a great opportunity to be a tour guide,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Richards. “Most of the tour group had never been on a ship before and they were all very excited. It was cool being able to show them around and explain life onboard.”

The tour route took them inside engineering spaces, along main passageways and up to the bridge.

The first group to tour MILIUS, Hickman Mills MCJROTC, came from Kansas City, Missouri to tour both the Marine and Navy aspects of the military. In addition to MILIUS, the high school students visited the Marine Corps Recruiting District and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Later in the afternoon, prospective Sailors came to tour and see what their future could hold.

“There is no better way to show off the Navy and the hard work that goes into mission-readiness than providing the public with an inside look at a day in the life of a Sailor,” said Commanding Officer Commander Bufkin. “MILIUS is currently undergoing intensive maintenance repairs and topside work to prepare for an upcoming inspection so not only were groups given a glimpse of life onboard a Navy warship, but also the dedication the crew gives each day to prepare for all tasking. I am always happy to show off MILIUS.”

USS MILIUS is an independent deployer in Destroyer Squadron 21 and is scheduled to deploy later this year.

For more information about USS MILIUS, please contact the Public Affairs Officer at pao@ddg69.navy.mil.
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