US Navy Ships
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 07:59:15 -0800
US Navy Ships
I wanted to share with you the latest event our Pack participated in...that
is touring a US Navy Ship. Here in Portland, we aren't what you consider a
normal port of call for our Naval fleet, However, during the Rose Festival,
aprx. 15-20 Naval vessels from US and Canada come up the Columbia River and
dock along the sea wall in downtown Portland!
These ships draw a great number of visitors during the public viewing, aprx.
1 hour wait for a 15 minute tour! However, for Scout groups they give private
tours in groups of 50 people per group. Believe me when I say, they go over
and above in making the private tours special.
Last night, Pack 383 broke up into three groups of 50 each and had tours of
two destroyers and one frigate. I was the leader on one of the destroyers,
the USS Elliott. Our tour guide was the ship's CIC officer (I didn't get the
full meaning of CIC, but I gathered it had to do with combat).
We had 50 people (Scouts and families) and he led us throughout the ship
showing us it's armaments (including Tomohawk launchers and Harpoon Missles),
control centers, rador control, sonar room, R2D2, Signal room, and much much
more. In the command center he let the boy's sit in the chairs and look at
radar screens, put on flash gear, and even showed them how to fire the
tomahawks (No, we didn't launch an attack against East County). One of the
areas that caught my interest was the computer screen that allowed them to
identify all the ships in the world, and where they were. We pulled up a
British tanker and was able to identify its location (within 15 minutes) of
where it was in the Pacific Ocean.
Of course, the boys favorite was asking questions about the missles and
whether the ship had actually launced them!
I'm sure that groups who live on normal ship ports this may be old hat, but
if you haven't taken the opportunity to take your Packs/Troops on a Navy
ship....Do so! It's a GREAT trip.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
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