Midshipmen train in 5th Fleet

Three Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Midshipmen participated in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and security training on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain and Mina Salman Pier, July 9-10.The students, representing NROTC programs from the Miami University (Ohio), University of Virginia, and Jacksonville University, are participating in the Midshipmen Summer Training Program designed to give future naval officers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and operational experiences in the fleet before commissioning.

Midshipmen began their visit with Embarked Security Teams (EST) based aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain at a Littoral Combat Laser Shot Weapons Simulator. The simulator is used to train and qualify sailors in land,Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea, and waterborne gunnery in support of security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Retired Chief Master-at-Arms Steven Demesa, EST Lead Trainer and Laser Shot Operator, said the training is exactly what the Navy needs to prepare its Sailors.

“The goal of this EST training is to teach the Midshipmen that security teams are based upon three values; which are to detect, deter, and defend,” said Demesa. “When they go out on missions I am never worried. I sleep well at night, because I know that I gave them all the knowledge that I have to give from my 25 years of service. If they retain all of the training that they are learning here today, I am sure they will do great things for the Navy.”Embarked Security Teams provide force protection for Military Sealift Command vessels and sailors. Midshipmen were given the opportunity to develop their skills and learn directly from EST sailors on the proper use of the weapons simulator.

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