Business Leaders Observe USS Stethem Crew in Action

Story Number: NNS040505-09Release Date: 5/5/2004 1:23:00 PM
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By Ensign David Shaulis, USS Stethem Public Affairs

USS STETHEM, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Stethem (DDG 63), a San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer, hosted 10 Los Angeles-based chief executive officers (CEO) and presidents of major corporations April 15 while under way as part of the Leaders to Sea program.

Leaders to Sea, created by Commander, Surface Naval Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC), provides a unique opportunity to foster citizen awareness and understanding for the roles and missions of the Navy. Business and community leaders are invited to embark Navy ships and experience life at sea.

Stethem hosted the "leaders" during its Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART). CART is a close evaluation of Stethem's ability to train and fight. The timing of the embarkation provided an opportunity to see through the eyes of Stethem Sailors how a warship operates at sea.

The group saw a demonstration of Stethem's AEGIS Weapon System during training scenarios in the Combat Information Center; her engineering plant operating in a high power demonstration; and repair parties responding to damage control and medical casualty situations. They also toured the ship in detail and saw not only how a Sailor works, but how they also live at sea.

Of all the technological capability and sophistication in Stethem, it was the Sailors they met that most impressed the group of leaders.

"I was impressed by the machine, but I was most impressed by the people," said David Hagan, president of Boingo Wireless. "I'm a non-military person, and this day put a face on the military. Its clear to me that in business or in the military, it really is the people that make the difference."

USS Stethem is commanded by Cmdr. Charles F. Williams, and is assigned to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 5.

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