Midshipmen Submerged in Submarine Summer Cruise

Story Number: NNS060615-07Release Date: 6/15/2006 10:45:00 AM
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By Photographer’s Mate Airman Joseph P. Gocong, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Fourteen U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen embarked on a one-day orientation cruise aboard USS Topeka (SSN 754) June 7.

The event was part of a summer service orientation program designed to give the Midshipmen an understanding of different Navy and Marine Corps career fields.

"While underway in support of Midshipman operations, it is an excellent experience not only for the Midshipmen to learn about the submarines, but also for the crew to enhance their proficiency and assist in the training of our future," said Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Charles T. Grandin, Topeka's chief of the boat.

Midshipmen learned about the functions of a fast-attack submarine through in-depth tours offered by Topeka Sailors, along with hands-on experience with different controls and functions aboard a submarine.

"It's a great experience," said Midshipman 2nd Class Stephen Janco. "It allows us to see all of the different communities of the Navy and find out what interests us, so we can make an informed decision about what we really want to do."

Shortly after lunch with the commanding officer and executive officer (XO), the Midshipmen were taken to the control room where they looked through the periscopes and interacted with many of the crew members.

"The crew enjoys being able to show off their ship and talk about what they do," said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Schmall, XO of Topeka.

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