Twelve U.S. midshipmen learned what it takes to operate at sea aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), July 22 to Aug. 12.
A midshipman’s summer cruise is an opportunity for the future officers to step out of the classrooms and into the active-duty Navy to learn and experience day-to-day operations as well as ship life from enlisted Sailors and officers.
During the cruise, midshipmen were able to observe what is required for a front line warship to be ready. They participated in daily shipboard operations and exercises such as bridge watches, damage control training, operations and intelligence briefs, and live-fire gunnery exercises.
One major evolution the midshipmen got to observe was the replenishment-at-sea between Chancellorsville and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197). This evolution required cooperation and communication from different departments aboard the ship such as deck, engineering, and navigation.
The group of midshipmen concluded their cruise with the return of Chancellorsville to Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
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