The sinking of a ship is usually bad news. But the USS Trayer (BST 21) is slowly submerging, every week, a little more. And it is good news:
The Navy’s largest simulator, USS Trayer (BST 21), turned five-years-old June 18 at Recruit Training Command (RTC).
Trayer, a 210-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class destroyer simulator, was commissioned in 2007 and is the “E” Ticket ride of the Navy’s only boot camp. It has stood ready, embarking more than 38,000 recruits each year, as the centerpiece of Battle Stations 21. The ship has never been to sea, never been on deployment or been in combat.
But on many nights during the week, Navy engineers work to sink the ship while the Navy’s newest recruits fight to save her.
I ran/walked/limped through Boot Camp long before this evolution came into being. But I like “real-world” training. The better the training, the better the Sailor. . .