Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy joined the crew of the Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) for their summer training on June 29.
The embarked midshipmen are assigned to Roosevelt for two weeks to further professional development, instill a sense of pride and help them identify with Navy life onboard a ship.
During the stay they will get to observe and participate in live weapons fire exercises, small boat operations, man overboard drills, flight operations, navigation and engineering drills.
The days consist of participating in ship evolutions; watch standing on the bridge and in the Combat Direction Center; attending briefs from the commanding officer and lots of hands-on training.
“This experience will be a reference point for their decisions, so it is Roosevelt’s duty to offer the right environment to train our future shipmates,” said Clark. “Roosevelt is a good ship and we are honored to offer our experiences and knowledge to prepare these midshipmen for their future roles.”
Roosevelt is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Press Release, July 07, 2014; Image: Wikimedia