Seattle, Washington - USS Green Bay (LPD 20) hosted thirty-eight U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from around the country August 3 to 8 while in Seattle for the 61st Annual Seafair 2010 Fleet Week.
The experience gave the youths a chance to connect and work alongside Navy Sailors during their time in port.
“We encouraged our Sea Cadets to integrate with real Sailors as closely as possible to show them Navy life,” said LT. j.g. Robert Jablonski, Commanding Officer of the Naval Sea Cadets Blue Angels Squadron.
Since Green Bay’s arrival August 3, Cadets were able to eat, sleep and work in the same environment as Green Bay Sailors. They learned several different jobs on the ship from being a sound-powered phone talker to working on the mess decks. They also assisted with Fleet Week activities – standing brow duties, directing crowds during public tours, setting up and cleaning tables and chairs during the parade of ships into Seattle harbor, and playing color guard during several events.
Though seemingly normal to most Sailors, the Sea Cadets reveled in their interactions with Sailors and the way they live.
“It’s not every day that a 16-year old gets to spend his summer on a real U.S. Navy warship and work side-by-side with Sailors,” said Sean Mckavitt, a Sea Cadet from Annapolis, Md.
The experience helped to fulfill the requirements of an advanced training session, something all Cadets can participate in once they graduate from recruit training. According to seacadets.org, recruits must complete a training session to advance in rank.
As the experience came to a conclusion on Sunday, many Cadets graduated from their advanced training with a better sense of their future. Some will move on to promising career paths in the military, thanks to their interactions with Sailors and Marines during the week.
USS Green Bay is the fourth San Antonio class amphibious transport dock and is homeported in San Diego, CA.