SOUTH PACIFIC (NNS) -- Four midshipmen from colleges across the United States arrived aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), June 17.
The midshipmen will be embarked for five weeks, rotating through several departments, as part of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) summer cruise program.
"Hosting Midshipmen gives them unparalleled access to Surface Navy operations in arguably the most critical AOR in the world" said Lt j.g. Gordon A. Murray, Shiloh's Midshipmen program coordinator. "Regardless of where they go next in the Fleet, it is my hope they find it a valuable and enriching experience to take forward with them in their careers as future Naval Officers."
While aboard, the midshipmen will receive training in a variety of jobs throughout the ship including areas such as the bridge, combat direction center, damage control center and supply department.
The midshipmen also stand under-instruction bridge watches, such as the role of junior officer of the watch, helmsman and bridgewing lookout.
"This has been a great educational and learning experience," said Midshipman 1st Class Seth Xie, a senior at the USNA. "By seeing first-hand the operations of 7th Fleet, it has inspired my commitment to serve aboard one of its ships for my first tour."
Midshipmen are shown many aspects of shipboard operations from the perspective of the most senior officer to the most junior enlisted.
"It's really important to get this experience and figure out your role on the ship," said Midshipman 2nd Class Korrissa Lambert, a sophomore at Purdue University. "I think it's important to see and understand what your enlisted Sailors do in their jobs."
Each day is filled with various, hands-on activities around the ship, to widen their knowledge of what Navy life at sea is like.
"My time aboard Shiloh has been much more interactive," said Midshipman 1st Class Elizabeth Barker, a senior at the University of San Diego. "I am grateful I came out to a forward-deployed ship in 7th Fleet."
When their time aboard Shiloh is complete, the midshipmen will return to their respective universities with a better understanding of life at sea aboard a forward-deployed Navy warship, better preparing them for eventual day the join the Fleet as commissioned officers
Shiloh is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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