MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Patriots Point teamed up with the Citadel ROTC program to give its cadets a first time opportunity for training sessions on the USS Yorktown. Navy and Marine ROTC Units got in on the action that's preparing them for their future.
"At the Citadel you're not really on a ship we're in the barracks so it feels good to be as the navy unit on the ship," says freshman, Bryce Anderson who is a part of The Citadel's ROTC Navy Unit.
He along with other cadets participated in simulation exercises on the ship.
"We were able to put together a program that gave the folks, that are going to be commissioned soon and go out to the fleet whether their marines or navy, some great experience utilizing our assets," says head of the Flight Academy on the USS Yorktown, Lincoln Demoura.
Demoura say it's the first time they've worked with cadets in these training stations. One session included flying f-35 simulators in the Flight Academy.
"It simulates actual battle conditions actual training, you learn a lot even if you're just running a radio or tasking the aircraft, and learning how hard it is to be specific with your language," says Naval and Science Instructor at The Citadel, Lt. James Turnwall.
Turnwall is a former helicopter pilot. The cadets also worked with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department in navigating dark spaces with firefighter equipment.
"So they use a thermal imaging camera to go through these confined passages," says Submarine Lt. and ROTC Instructor at The Citadel, Lt. John Koury. "So with all the lights on...it's easy to find them, when you turn the lights off, they are able to still see the people in the dark."
"It's a pretty good experience because in the navy we'll have to be doing stuff like that," says Anderson.
The cadets stayed on the ship overnight and they also learned how to patch a pipe.
"The Town of Mount Pleasant has been so military friendly, so open to helping us out, getting this and making this a success and helping these students become just full officers and develop into officers when they hit the fleet," says Demoura.
The cadets also worked with the Mt. Pleasant SWAT team and rappelled off a pier and stormed the beach.