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San Diego, CA - LCDR Chad Bibler, Landing Craft Officer at Assault Craft Unit ONE, conducting a safety brief for the Midshipmen Class of 2015 before embarking onboard LCU 1681. (Photo by LT Jasmine Kelley)
Assault Craft Unit One hosts Midshipmen onboard LCU 1681
By: LT Jasmine Kelley
San Diego, CA (July 11, 2013) - Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1681 loaded 95 Midshipmen from the Class of 2015 and took in all lines from the pier! While underway, the midshipmen interacted with the experienced, enthusiastic Surf Riders from Assault Craft Unit ONE, learning about the mission of the LCU and working on gaining their sea legs. Along the way, the Midshipmen also asked questions about the mechanics of a twelve person crew and experienced something different from being onboard a ship of the line.

Midshipman Adriana Ayala from Inglewood, CA, described today’s event as “something we normally wouldn’t get to see unless we were here. I enjoy hearing about sailor’s experiences and they’re all so friendly to talk to.”

One midshipman found the craft’s size to be fascinating. “They have everything just like a ship, but they’re so small and they deploy!” said Midshipman Tiana Williams from Stockbridge, GA.

Landing Craft Officer, LCDR Chad Bibler, expressed this unique experience for the Midshipmen: “It’s an exposure to something you wouldn’t normally get in the Fleet. It’s a very small piece of the Navy’s puzzle.”

Many of the Midshipmen enjoyed this event. Midshipman Katrina Thompson from Aurora, CO, said “it’s a good experience and I learned a lot about different careers during my time here, there are so many moving parts and it has been educational for my future tour options.”

The Midshipmen were given a harbor tour with a view of some of the Fleet’s finest ships on the piers at Naval Station San Diego. They
ended their afternoon onboard LCU 1681 with wet socks after walking off the landing craft’s bow ramp at Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE’s sand ramp.
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