PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A guest aboard USS Chafee (DDG 90) stood on the starboard side of the ship during a scheduled family cruise March 12 watching intently as the ship passed the USS Arizona Memorial and "Battleship Row" on its way out of Pearl Harbor.
Scott T. Harrison, a senior vice president for the Royal Bank of Scotland and guest of the Honolulu Navy League, thought of Dec. 7, 1941, as the ship passed through the site of the surprise attack that started World War II in the Pacific.
The site made him recall Sept. 11, 2001.
Harrison was a futures analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald in 2001, and he was on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and on the phone with company employees in New York, in the World Trade Center, Sept. 11.
The company's offices were on the 101-104 floors, only several floors above where the first plane hit, said Harrison. Harrison's co-workers were trapped.
"Just three weeks before, I had met with them before they went to New York; mostly interns, young kids at work. Everyone who was at work was lost," said Harrison.
"It's a surreal experience, to think of the most vulnerable times in our nation's history and to be on one of the most prepared ships in the Navy...," said Harrison.
He added, "It makes you appreciate what our Navy does so that we can sleep peacefully at night."
Chafee is assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, as part of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
"The U.S. Navy's most advanced and powerful ship, the mission of an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer is to conduct prompt, sustained combat operations at sea in support of national policy," according to Chafee's Web site.
Operating with aircraft carrier strike groups, Chafee can be called upon to conduct a variety of missions in support of the national military strategy.
"From peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, we will be capable of carrying out air warfare, undersea warfare, surface warfare, strike warfare and air control warfare operations in extreme, multithreat environments," according to Chafee's Web Site.