Guided-Missile Destroyer Hosts Zemchuzhinka Orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine

Guided-Missile Destroyer Hosts Zemchuzhinka Orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)hosted children from the Zhemchuzhinka orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine, July 21.

During the visit, the children were able to get a first-hand look at various spaces, including the ship’s navigation bridge.

Ensign Julia Kranz led the tour and said it was a pleasure to have them aboard.

“We love showing off our ship,” said Kranz. “We work hard to keep it looking good, and it’s always fun to have kids around.”

As they toured the ship, the children received presentations from each department teaching them a little about what the Sailors do aboard, and how their jobs contribute to the ship’s mission.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Joseph Strauss said he was honored to be asked to speak to the children.

“I sometimes forget how cool the stuff we do on the ship is. It was nice to be able to share it with children,” said Strauss.

At tour’s end, the children were brought to the mess decks where they were treated to snacks and juice, and given the opportunity to ask the crew questions.

“My job in the Navy is to feed people, so that is what I love. Being able to feed these children was the best,” said Hauser. “You could see their little eyes light up when we brought out the snacks, and that really made me feel good about what we are doing out here.”

Jason Dunham is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Naval Today Staff, July 25, 2012; Image: US Navy