SAN DIEGO - Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) welcomed 81 midshipmen from around the country June 1, as part of the familiarization training they receive during the summer.
The group of NROTC midshipmen represented colleges from around the country, and both Navy and Marine Corps officer candidates. Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen, or CORTRAMID, provides several options for these students to experience shipboard life first hand.
Peleliu's junior officers acted as "running mates" for the second-year midshipmen. These running mates gave the Midshipman tours of the ship while explaining the many functions of the amphibious Navy.
"Having the middies on board for two days underway was a lot of fun," said Lt. j. g. Kara Heubi, USS Peleliu assistant damage control assistant. "We kept them busy all over the ship from start to finish."
During their visit, they observed getting underway and the transit through the San Diego Bay from the flight deck, signal bridge and fantail. They also had familiarization tours through the engineering spaces, combat information center, medical spaces, repair lockers, the bridge and well deck.
"Having 81 midshipmen on board Peleliu has been a great experience for the young future of our Navy and my crew," said Capt. James T. Cox, USS Peleliu commanding officer. "We rewarded their curiosity with an engaging, fun, and safe schedule of events that left them awe struck at the pride and professionalism of our Navy-Marine Corps team."
The midshipmen departed the ship by boat to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base to continue their summer training.
"My favorite part was spending time on the bridge and steering the ship," said Midshipman 3rd Class Brianna Spearman.
The midshipmen also participated in damage control training, observed helicopter flight operations, and spent some quality time with junior officers who provided mentorship and advice.