US Sea Cadets tour submarine at Point Loma

Sea Cadets tour submarine at Point LomaU.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps participants stand in formation prior to boarding  the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) for a tour.  Since 1958, NSCC has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and  alcohol-free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their  horizons through hands-on training, and guide them to becoming mature young  adults.

SAN DIEGO – Participants from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps toured the Los  Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) aboard Naval Base  Point Loma to see what life is like aboard a U.S. Navy submarine.

Point Loma - Submarine base (San Diego, California)

Point Loma – Submarine base (San Diego, California)

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Submariner tour guides taught the students how the ship moves through the water  and how it stays balanced, heated, and defensive, along with how the crew  lives.

“I enjoy telling people what we do,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd  Class Jared Sainz, one of Jefferson City’s appointed tour guides. “Most people  don’t understand what happens in a submarine or how a submarine works on a basic  level.”

Twenty-three children, ranging in age from 11 to 17, toured the  vessel along with their chaperones in an effort to better understand what a  career as a submariner would be like.

“It’s a good eye-opener for these  guys to pinpoint what they want to do when they graduate from high school,” said  Ginny Fessler, a chaperone and parent volunteer. “Some of them said, ‘Yeah, I  could do this,’ and others were like, ‘No, I think I’m too tall!’”

The  tour allowed the visitors to see virtually all of the unclassified spaces on the  nuclear-powered submarine including the control center, sleeping quarters,  galley, torpedo space and wardroom.

Hannah Lockmann, a 14-year-old  student at Hill Creek Elementary School, said she enjoyed the firsthand  experience. “Today was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.” Lockmann said. She  added that her career ambition is to become a Navy Corpsman, but not on a sub. “It’s just too small!” she said.

Sainz, the tour guide, said there was  real value for the touring children in familiarizing themselves with actual Navy  equipment and culture.

“I wish these opportunities existed when I was  younger,” Sainz said. “They get to see what’s going on in the Navy and they’ll  understand a little bit better what they’re getting into if they do decide to  join.”

Since 1958, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to  providing American youth with a drug and alcohol-free environment to foster  their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training,  and guide them to becoming mature young adults.

For more information on  the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps visit http://www.seacadets.org

For more  news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit  www.navy.mil/local/subpac

Source – Dvids

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