The mission: rescue the Captain. An exercise that aims to demonstrate the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Chennault Division) core goals.
"It is an exercise that shows them they need to work as a team," said Shannon Cox, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Training Officer.
The old naval destroyer, the USS Orleck, presents an endless amount of hiding places.
The Sea Cadets learned to depend on each other as they tried to survive and complete their mission.
"Walking through the corridors, the passage-ways, and having to find the enemies, searching the shadows was the hardest part of this training," said Gage Smith, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet.
"You have to have good leadership, this program helps. In order to coordinate [actions] and follow the [squad leader] you have to understand them and know what they are doing," said Joseph Toups, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet.
"You have to learn to work with each other to get something done right," said Harley Lovett, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet.
The destroyer was decommissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1982. The ship was sold to Turkey and served there for 15 years. Then, rather than scrapping the ship, Turkey offered to return the Orleck to U.S. ownership.
Eventually it was returned to U.S. soil and final transferred in 2010 to its berth in Lake Charles as a non-profit museum.
Today is supported by a crew of volunteers who donate their time and services to repairs and restoration of the ship, the Orleck is available for tours six days a week, as well as for event rentals, field trips, and even a Halloween themed Haunted Ship event.
The ship is also prepared for battle in the form of laser tag games available as public play or party packages.It is a unique place to play tactical laser tag, the destroyer has an officers’ ward room, a galley, crew’s quarters, a barber shop, and a navigation bridge.