Sea Cadets tour submarine at Point Loma

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
Courtesy Story

Date: 01.12.2013
Posted: 01.13.2013 18:41
News ID: 100319
Sea Cadets tour submarine at Point Loma

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> “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.” <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> “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!’”<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Sainz, the tour guide, said there was real value for the touring children in familiarizing themselves with actual Navy equipment and culture.<br /> <br /> “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.”<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> For more information on the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps visit http://www.seacadets.org. <br /> <br /> For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/subpac/