CSG-9 Hosts Midshipmen for Summer Cruises

Story Number: NNS090722-03Release Date: 7/22/2009 4:07:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 hosted more than 40 first class and second class midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs from colleges across the country as part of the midshipman summer training program.

USS Ingraham (FFG 61), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) hosted the program to enhance the professional development of the midshipmen. The future naval officers learned about the jobs and responsibilities they will assume upon their commissioning in the Navy.

First class midshipmen are students entering their senior year of college. For them, this cruise was the culmination of three years of studying. Each student was placed with a junior officer in their field of study and was given a role similar to what they will fill as a naval officer.

Many stood bridge watches and learned how to fill the role of a junior officer in the wardroom.

Second class midshipmen are students beginning their junior year in college. They were assigned a petty officer to shadow in order to learn and understand the life and work of an enlisted Sailor. They joined their sponsors divisions and did the same work as any member of that division.

Ingraham welcomed six midshipmen to accompany them during their four-week composite training unit exercise and joint task force exercise in May.

The ship participated in several major exercises, including an anti-submarine warfare exercise, numerous expanded maritime interdiction operations, an air defense exercise and exercises involving counter-targeting and defense against fast attack crafts.

"The midshipmen learned what it means to stand proper watches in a simulated combat environment," said Ingraham's Ens. Todd Chen, Ingraham's public affairs officer.

One of the watches they stood involved driving the ship as a conning officer and being able to solve maneuvering board problems.

"In addition, all the midshipmen had the opportunity to interact with the other watchstanders on the bridge and learn how to work together as a team," said Chen.

Almost a dozen midshipmen joined Shoup for an appearance at the Portland, Ore., Rose Festival as well as participating in sonar exercises off the coast of southern California.

While at the Rose Festival, the 11 midshipmen acted as ambassadors for the Navy through their interactions with the public. More than 2,000 festival goers were given tours of Shoup each day, which gave the midshipmen the opportunity act as tour guides and show what they learned while on board, said Ens. Jacob Norton, a junior officer on Shoup.

Midshipmen joined Rodney M. Davis for a 12-day submarine escorting exercise and ship handling training off the coast of southern California. They were also given the opportunity to tour other Navy ships including Shoup and Naval Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

The midshipmen were given a taste of their futures in the Navy as commissioned officers before heading back to their respective school to complete their educations.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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