SAN DIEGO - A group of cadets from the El Camino High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) toured USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and conducted an overnight visit at Naval Base San Diego, April 4-5.
For many of the cadets, this was their first time on board a Navy warship. The overnight visit provided the cadets a firsthand experience of the life of a Navy Sailor.
The cadets received a comprehensive tour which included the bridge, combat information center, the galley, and deck spaces. They learned about the multiple missions and roles the ship performs while out to sea and how Marines are integrated into the ship’s primary mission. Additionally, they participated in damage control exercises, practiced basic shipboard first aid and received weapons familiarization training.
While on board, the cadets spoke to Sailors about the many career fields in the Navy and Marine Corps and all opportunities that are available.
“This is my first time on a ship, so it is cool to see all the capabilities the Navy has to offer,” said Cadet Gutierrez, a sophomore from El Camino High School, as he climbed aboard Friday morning.
Pearl Harbor is entering an extended docking phase maintenance availability period for equipment upgrades in their homeport San Diego.