SASEBO, Japan – Sailors aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) were given the opportunity to participate in Bring Your Kid to Work Day Feb. 4.
The event sponsored by Harpers Ferry First Class Petty Officers Association, allowed Sailors to bring their children on board the ship to give them an idea of what their parents do when underway.
“This gave my daughter a chance to see what I do in the Navy, but she also got to see the other career opportunities available as well,” said Engineman 1st Class Erwin Bassett.
Some of the children tried on firefighting coveralls and donned a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
“It made me feel like I was in a space suit,” said Christopher West, who required the help of his father, Ensign Austin West, to stand while wearing the SCBA.
Later in the morning the kids learned about the ships weapons systems and toured various control rooms including damage control central, the pilot house and top side decks.
The day ended with the ship’s Commanding Officer Cmdr.Tony Hull, awarding the children honorary Harpers Ferry crew member certificates.
“Events like this are important for family members to have an understanding of what it is that we do, especially since we are underway so much,” said Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Mario Chambergo.
Harpers Ferry is currently preparing for a spring patrol and is one of two LSD’s assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11.