Sea Cadets visit Coast Guard for day of maritime learning

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – Coast Guard Cutter Kukui hosted cadets from a local chapter of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps as part of an outreach program with a focus on maritime military service Saturday.

Approximately 25 Sea Cadets, ranging from ages 11 to 17, learned about Coast Guard missions, gained hands-on experience with damage control equipment and firefighting techniques, and visited other Coast Guard units stationed at Coast Guard Base Honolulu on Sand Island.

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui hosted more than 25 cadets from the Battleship Missouri Hawaii Division and Training Ship Barbers Point. While aboard, the cadets, ranging from ages 11 to 17, learned about the missions of the U.S. Coast Guard and toured Coast Guard Cutters Kukui and Rush.  The cadets also learned about firefighting, donned fire protective garments, and practiced patching ruptured pipes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Julia Kane.

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui hosted more than 25 cadets from the Battleship Missouri Hawaii Division and Training Ship Barbers Point. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Julia Kane.

“It is important to share the Coast Guard’s rich culture and history with the next generation of our nation’s potential service members,” said Cmdr. Steve Ramassini, Kukui’s commanding officer. “Outreach programs such as the Sea Cadet program provide our youth the opportunity to develop a sense of pride in service to our nation and help the youth of today make informed decisions about their future.”

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is an official organization sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. The program teaches youth about naval life and maritime skills.

The Kukui is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender home ported in Honolulu.

Click the photo for more from the Sea Cadets visit.

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