By Lieutenant j.g. Douglas Gates, USS
Lassen Public Affairs Posted: March 5, 2010
(Mar. 4, 2010)– Three junior officers from the
Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73),
homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, are experiencing life in the
Forward Deployed Naval Forces aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided
missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82).
Lassen, foward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, volunteered to train the
ensigns while Port Royal undergoes extended repairs in Hawaii.
“It’s a pleasure to have them on board,” said Cdr. H.B. Le,
commanding officer, USS Lassen, “They’re quick learners and are
eager to get some sea time under their belts. I’m glad we are able
to provide hands-on experience that will help them complete their
Ens. Adam Campbell, one of Port Royal’s most senior ensigns, has had
only five days at sea in his fifteen months onboard the ship. While
on Lassen he and his peers will gain valuable experience on the
bridge, in Combat Information Center, and in the engineering plant
while Lassen conducts operations in Seventh Fleet's area of
Since arriving on Lassen earlier this month during a port visit to
Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the officers
have observed carrier strike group operations with USS Nimitz
(CVN-68), flight operations conducted by Helicopter Anti-Submarine
Squadron (Light) 51, and taken the helm during a
replenishment-at-sea with Lewis and Clark-class dry stores ship USNS
Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7).
During the rest of their time aboard, the officers will conduct
joint operations with foreign navies and make several port visits
before they return to Hawaii.
“I’m very excited about everything that the ship is doing,” said
Ens. Jared Shrader, a Lewisburg, Penn native. “The crew has been
very friendly and eager to teach us about their jobs.”
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