Three-dozen cadets from the Brien McMahon High School Navy Junior ROTC program got an early start on their February vacation, traveling up the coast to Groton to visit the Navy submarine base . As part of the annual trip, the cadets learned about navigation and damage-control procedures for an undersea vessel. They also got to use firearm and dive control simulators as well as don a virtual reality headset that gave them a computer-generated view from the bridge of a sub steaming out into Long Island Sound.
The tour included lunch at the base galley and a visit to the Submarine Force Library & Museum, which included a tour of the USS Nautilus, Americas first nuclear-powered sub.
There was also a surprise promotion ceremony to highlight the day. Miguel Ramirez, twin brother of Angel Ramirez, the units executive officer, was promoted to ensign in his first year in the program for his exemplary conduct and attitude.
The cadets met and talked to seamen stationed in Groton as part of the Navys Silent Service. "I'm thinking of joining the Navy after graduation, and submarines are something I might be interested in," said Jose Mandujano, who got to experience what his future duty might be when he got to take the controls of the diving station of a sub simulator. "It was cool to see it in person."
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