USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) welcomed several U.S. and foreign midshipmen on board for three weeks of summer training July 31.
The 25 midshipmen include two Germans, two Norwegians, and 21 U.S. midshipmen from the Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps programs throughout the nation.
Summer training is a critical component of every midshipman's professional development, and enables them to experience the realities of the fleet firsthand and put lessons they learned in the classroom to the test.
The focus for upcoming midshipman seniors is on leadership and learning about their future profession, whether that be as a surface warfare officer or as an aviator.
"My focus is geared more towards engineering because I am looking to go into a surface nuclear program," said Midshipman 1st Class Ariel Laboy, a senior enrolled at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. "This summer cruise is a great way to familiarize us with what we can expect in the future."
Midshipmen who are about to begin their junior year of school are learning about fleet life from the perspective of an enlisted Sailor, and are mentored by Sailors from the V-0 division of Air department, said Midshipman 3rd Class James Turner, United States Naval Academy.
"We are here to gain appreciation for the enlisted crew and understand what they go through," Taylor said. "Being able to observe them while they work gives us a deeper respect for the enlisted personnel. We can use that respect to help us interact with our personnel after we commission."
The foreign midshipmen also place a high value on the experiences they gain from summer training.
"It was very impressive to be able to actually hear and feel an aircraft launch," said Ensign Veronica Schroeder of the University of Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany. As part of her training, Schroeder stands watch on the ship's bridge as a junior officer of the deck.
Others said they hope to gain greater knowledge of cooperative exercises with the United States Navy.
"The best training we can get is with the United States Navy," said Second Lt. Karl Espen Isane, a third year cadet at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. "The United States is our largest and closest ally, and being able to receive this type of training is amazing."
Although this is the first time midshipmen from Europe have been on a deployed United States vessel, they have been able to adjust to the environment and assimilate into the crew well, said Lt. Patrick Mitchell, Truman's midshipman training officer.
"Everyone on board has been very receptive to them," Mitchell said. "You would think they were part of our crew."
The hospitality of Truman Sailors and Marines has made their experience a positive one, said Second Lt. Martin Lohne Bjoeru, a third year cadet at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy.
"This has been an incredible journey," Bjoeru said. "Everyone has been very polite and helpful. There is a very good working morale on board this ship. I feel like I have already been here for weeks."
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