The Navy in Action (U.S. Military Branches and Careers) by Ann Graham Gaines

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On January 17, 1955, the submarine USS Nautilus was put to sea for the first 13 time. It was nuclear powered, as great a change for the navy s ships as was the move from sail to steam. On a nuclear ship the fuel ★ 34 ★ The deck of an aircraft carrier. Today, the major weapon of the navy remains the carrier battle group. The Navy in Action Chester William Nimitz (1885 1966) As a young ensign of twenty-two, Chester Nimitz was given the command of the destroyer USS Decatur. In 1908 he ran the ship aground and was court-martialed and publicly reprimanded for it.

The ★ 53 ★ The Navy in Action David Glasgow Farragut (1801–1870) David Farragut was an orphan who was raised by navy hero Master Commandant David Porter. In 1810 Farragut became a midshipman and served during the War of 1812 (1812–1815) aboard the frigate USS Essex. When he was twelve years old he was put in charge of a captured ship. Later, he fought pirates in the West Indies. He commanded the naval forces during the Civil War (1861–1865) in the attack on New Orleans, Louisiana (1862), and the defense of Mobile, Alabama (1864).

Every recruit is required to work at a job in the mess hall, such as cleaning tables or peeling potatoes. Everybody takes a swim survival test soon after reporting to boot camp. By the end of basic training, recruits have also learned the basic terms of seamanship and some shipboard skills, such as how to go up and down shipboard ladders. Recruits learn first aid and how to fight fires through actual practice. During basic training, recruits take many written tests. 3 After the end of basic training and a short leave at home, almost all of the new seamen undertake more training at technical schools around the country.

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