San Diego, CALIF. – June 1, 2012 – Twenty-seven midshipmen from all over the country recently got a taste of Navy life onboard USS GARY (FFG-51) while independent steaming in the SoCal OpArea from May 29th to June 1st. From firing guns and helicopter operations, to rappelling with the VBSS team, they got to see how exciting life at sea can be during the Basic Phase Training Cycle. They toured the ship and participated in these training drills as part of their Midshipman Summer Cruise.
It was not all glamour and guns for these midshipmen. They also stood late watches, set up gun ranges and assisted the crew in fresh water wash down, proving that life at sea can be fun, but it is also hard work.
“I really enjoyed it. My father did his summer cruise about thirty years ago and on the way to the airport he told me about the UNREP (underway replenishment) he got to do, so I was really excited about the UNREP. It was also really obvious that the crew went out of their way to provide us with a full experience and we really appreciate it.”
- Midshipman Kelsey Hutchinson, Virginia Beach, VA (Notre Dame)
The Executive Officer of USS GARY had this to say:
“It was a busy week working with twenty-seven midshipmen and also a great week to be a SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) and see the motivated young personnel we have coming to our Navy and the SWO community!”