A muffled voice comes from the distance, difficult to decipher. Again, it speaks the same drowned out words, but louder, while at the same time, tugging at the hose from below: "More slack," it says.
Down below, the hose can be traced through the twists and turns of the passageway. At the front, the nozzleman is fighting off a pretend fire, shortly before being relieved by another person. Then, he's ordered toward a ladder and out onto the deck of the ship.
This firefighting and egress scenario is one of many damage control training exercises created specifically for plebes at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Designed to simulate what could be a real-world disaster on a ship out in the fleet, it opens their eyes, a group at a time, to such a reality.
Aboard the Naval Academy's Yard Patrol ships, plebes learn all the ins and outs of driving and operating a ship throughout their four years at the Academy. They learn how to keep her afloat and on path, free of or in control of damage, and more.