Midshipmen Venture Underway with USS Jason Dunham

Eighteen midshipmen left the classrooms of the Naval Academy to venture underway with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), June 9-13.


The midshipmen visited the ship as part of their professional training development; a hands-on requirement of the Naval Academy that helps students decide on a career path on the Navy.

“It’s a chance to introduce them to the different communities in the Navy,” said Cmdr. Michael Meredith, commanding officer of Jason Dunham. “They spend a week with the Marines, they spend a week with aviation, they spend a week with surface warfare and they spend a week with submarines.”

While classroom training has long been a necessary requirement for future Navy leaders, the hands-on aspect of visits like these help midshipmen fully appreciate life as a Sailor.

During their stay, the midshipmen had the opportunity to conn the ship during a replenishment-at-sea, participate in small boat operations, handle lines and fire small arms.

Press Release, June 17, 2014; Image: US Navy

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