Coast Guard hosts Naval Sea Cadets for training in San Diego

Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Rogers, from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego 91109, poses for a photo with Naval Sea Cadets undergoing Maritime Interdiction Operations training aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement Open during a tour of the MSST facilities in San Diego June 22, 2017. The tour was part of a nine day training program that allowed cadets to get a firsthand look at the Coast Guard's law enforcement mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton/released)

Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Rogers, from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego 91109, poses for a photo with Naval Sea Cadets undergoing Maritime Interdiction Operations training aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement Open during a tour of the MSST facilities in San Diego June 22, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton)

SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter hosted 12 Naval Sea Cadets for a nine-day training program in San Diego that ended Saturday.

The training, entitled Maritime Interdiction Operations, allowed cadets to get a firsthand look at the Coast Guard’s law enforcement mission.

“We’re proud to host these youths and show them firsthand what it is we do on the water,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton, the Sea Otter’s officer in charge. “Many of these cadets will go on to join a sea-going military service or law enforcement group so we view this investment of our time as extremely beneficial to the future of our country’s security. I’ve been involved with the Sea Cadets for 12 years and it feels great to provide a positive influence as these young men and women consider their possible futures.”

In addition to time underway aboard the Sea Otter, the course included tours of the facilities for the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Law Enforcement Team and Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego 91109, as well as an opportunity to speak to Coast Guard law enforcement specialists.

The cadets’ training was similar to that of a military police academy and included extensive physical fitness instruction, self defense training, firearms safety and qualifications, close quarters combat, rappelling onto a ship and use of force decision making.

The cadets are a part of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps; a non-profit youth organization focused on teaching cadets about the maritime services including the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines.

The cadets came from across the country and were 14-to-18 years of age.

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