PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- 46 Midshipmen participated in the Career Orientation and Training (CORTRAMID) program aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) June 7, to gain experience aboard an underway Navy ship and learn about the responsibilities of a Surface Warfare Officer.
Every year, midshipmen from Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units across the country participate in CORTRAMID to gain experience in multiple career fields prior to accepting their commission.
"We brought on 46 Midshipmen and their chaperones for ship familiarization and to introduce them to the Surface Warfare lifestyle and the mission of what a destroyer, more specifically, what Shoup can do," said Ens. Mikaela Robbins, from Omaha, Neb. and Midshipman coordinator aboard Shoup. "We gave them a basic ship tour of all topside spaces and explained a lot of the combat system capabilities we have on board."
The Midshipmen received a safety brief and were sent straight into life aboard Shoup. They were given a tour of the ship that included the engineering and combat systems spaces, as well as valuable hands-on experience handling a hose and line.
"My favorite part of the day was helping the enlisted Sailors on the line," said Midshipman 3rd Class Cesar Rios, from Los Angeles attending Georgetown University. "I was able to experience first-hand what it is like to stand at a station during an underway replenishment."
The Midshipmen also observed live fire exercises with the MK 45 5-inch gun as well as the .50-caliber and the M240B machine guns.
"I enjoyed watching all of the Sailors firing the guns onboard," said Midshipman 3rd Class Rebecca Browning, from Burleson, Texas, attending the Virginia Military Institute. "It was an amazing experience that not everyone gets to see."
Prior to departing the ship Browning reflected on her time aboard.
"It's easy for someone to describe what being on a ship is like but being behind the scenes makes a big difference," said Browning. "I've been on several ships before but actually being on a ship that is underway and doing these evolutions is an eye opening experience. The time I have aboard gives me perspective on what I could see myself doing prior to commissioning."
USS Shoup (DDG 86) is currently underway as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
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