Nine Seattle area educators, along with leadership from Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Seattle and USS Momsen (DDG 92), visited Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) for a tour during the 65th Annual Seafair celebration on July 31.
The area high school and university educators were briefed by the three commanding officers who spoke on topics ranging from personal stories of their desire to serve to recruiting efforts and available opportunities. One of their main discussions centered on understanding on how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is incorporated in today’s modern ships.
Following the luncheon, the visiting educators embarked on an exclusive tour of the bridge, combat information center and central control for engineering not offered to the general public.
The luncheon was held in conjunction with Seattle’s 65th Annual Seafair festival. Howard, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) are the Navy’s vessels in this year’s visiting Seafair fleet.
Seafair is an annual celebration that allows the local community to meet and interact with maritime forces from the U.S. and Canada while celebrating the rich history of maritime activity in the area.