USS Fort McHenry Pays Three-Day Port Visit to Newport
- Training & Education
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) recently looked to the future as well as the historic past during a three-day port visit to Newport, R.I.
While there, the crew gave tours of their ship to future chief engineers from the department head school, prospective supply officers from the supply school, and the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) staff.
The visiting Sailors also trained hard participating in the Basic Fire Fighting course where they learned the proper procedures for combating casualties.
Additionally, the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee organized a full-day excursion to nearby Boston, highlighted by a visit to the USS Constitution and museum. The ship, originally launched in October 1797, was one of the six original frigates in the United States Navy; it remains the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.
“It was interesting to see the differences between the past and modern day Navy,” explained Ens. Stephanie Migut. “It was definitely harder times back then. I couldn’t believe they only received one gallon of water each day!”
Fort McHenry Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eric Kellum called the visit a “very successful” one.
“We sent more than 50 Sailors to Boston to conduct tours on the USS Constitution,” said Kellum. “Fifty-six Sailors completed the Basic Firefighting course, and we provided tours to SWOS staff, prospective chief engineers, and supply officers.”
Homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., Fort McHenry is currently underway to conduct a mission in the 3rd and 4th Fleet areas of operation, off the East and West coasts of the United States.
Naval Today Staff, January 25, 2013; Image: US Navy