The crew of guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) helped to train the future leaders of the Navy by hosting a group of six midshipmen for their summer training period, May 30 to June 21.
Of the six midshipmen, five were from the U.S. Naval Academy and one was from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.
The midshipmen were paired up with enlisted and officer running mates who mentored and guided the midshipmen during their summer cruise. They helped the midshipmen learn about the many areas of operations aboard the ship in addition to answering any questions that they had about the different communities within the Navy.
The midshipmen were able to observe an underway replenishment, the firing of the ship’s large caliber weapons and helicopter landings on the ship’s flight deck. Under the crew’s supervision, the midshipmen also gained hands-on experience in damage control and firefighting techniques.
Press Release, June 25, 2014; Image: Wikimedia