CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (NNS) -- Students from the Cary High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) visited Center for Security Forces Learning Site Camp Lejeune March 31, to get a first-hand look at Coastal Riverine training.
Twenty six students were given a capabilities brief for the Coastal Riverine assault and Coastal Riverine patrol boats during the visit.
They were also given an opportunity to board each craft and see firsthand some of the weaponry and gear used to support the Coastal Riverine mission.
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Justin D'anna gave students an in-depth walk through and explained the Coastal Riverine assault and patrol craft propulsion system, crew manning, layout and employment.
"I felt impressed by the weapons systems on the craft and they could definitely get the job done," said NJROTC student, Sean Hart.
The Coastal Riverine patrol boat provides high-speed tactical mobility for combat forces with speeds up to 25 knots and it has a range of 250 miles. Operated by a crew of five, it can carry up to 13 troops and its armament consists of three weapon mounts.
"I felt the crafts ability to maneuver in small spaces makes it a very capable craft," said Hart. "I believe the coastal environment would be an interesting place to work with its tight spaces and dark waters. I would like to be a part of this community."
With a range of 250 miles and with speeds up to 30 knots, the Coastal Riverine assault boat is designed for combat operations. It can carry up to 15 troops, has a crew of seven and has two additional weapon mounts over the Coastal Riverine patrol boat.
The students were also able to watch from the pier some of the high-speed tactical maneuvers of the Coastal Riverine patrol boat and the driving skills necessary for confined space maneuvers, J-turns and emergency stops.
"My favorite was the craft because it moves very smoothly," said NJROTC student Ryan Wood. "I would like to be in this community because the Navy has been the branch I would like to join since I learned of it."
Another NJROTC student, Kyli Lepine, said, "The movement of the boat was impressive and quiet, and the smooth and quick movement was also admirable. The complexity of this boat verses a regular speedboat was most interesting. The weapons were very interesting."
The students watched Sailors demonstrate basic weapons handling skills for the crew serve weapon systems used on the boats.
The courses taught at Learning Site Camp Lejeune are Riverine Combat Skills, Riverine Crewman, Riverine Unit Level Leader, and Riverine Security Team Member.
The Riverine Combat Skills course is the entry point in the training pipeline. The training provides personnel the basic expeditionary combat skills necessary to perform high-risk operations within the Coastal Riverine Force.
The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the United States and around the world where training breeds confidence.
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