PACIFIC NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON – 16 midshipmen from various Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units and the United States Naval Academy are currently embarked on USS SHOUP (DDG 86) as part of their summer training. During their time on board, the midshipmen will have the opportunity to experience life on board a ship and catch a glimpse into their future Naval careers.
The Midshipmen arrived Saturday, May 9th from around the country. Six midshipmen are participating in their first class cruise, in which they are paired with a SHOUP junior officer. The remaining ten are on their second class cruise, also known as an “enlisted” cruise. On their “enlisted” cruise they are paired with high-performing, motivated petty officers who provide them a glimpse into the enlisted side of the surface community.
SHOUP is currently conducting Basic Phase training events, allowing the midshipmen to experience day-to-day underway operations, as well as a variety of events including man overboard drills, engineering drills, small boat operations, and gun shoots. LTJG Jeff Miller, SHOUP’s Force Protection Officer, is serving as the Midshipmen Training Coordinator and spoke on the many great training opportunities the Midshipmen will experience on SHOUP saying, “SHOUP has a busy schedule for this underway; coordinating events across multiple warfare areas. It provides challenges for the crew in terms of both performance and coordination and is an excellent opportunity for the midshipmen to learn about the rigors of SWO life and also see the crew in action.”
MIDN 1/c Jackson attends Tulane University and is planning on service selecting Surface Warfare Officer this coming year. “As a first class midshipman, being able to see the admin the division officer does and the interaction with the chief provides really good insight. It definitely helps you get a running start when you show up,” says Jackson.
The midshipmen will be embarked on board SHOUP for just over two weeks while conducting training and certification exercises off the coast of Washington.