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USS John Paul Jones Hosts Leaders to Sea
Story Number: NNS060901-07
Release Date: 9/1/2006 1:15:00 PM

By Lt. Emelia Spencer, USS John Paul Jones Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) hosted seven civic leaders as part of the Leaders to Sea Program, Aug. 25.

The Leaders to Sea program is designed to take civic, business and educational leaders to meet and share ideas with Sailors at sea.

Guests were transported via helicopter from Naval Base Coronado to John Paul Jones operating off the coast of San Diego. They were taken on a guided tour of the ship, followed by a demonstration of the ship’s anti-terrorism capabilities, a lunch with the ship’s officers and finally a transit of San Diego harbor as the ship returned to port.

“The Leaders to Sea program allowed us to exhibit to our local leaders the excellence of our Sailors and the outstanding capabilities of our ship,” said Cmdr. James Housinger, commanding officer of John Paul Jones. “We were able to discuss how the business of the Navy is accomplished in ships with executives from the civilian sector.”

Most of the guests visiting John Paul Jones came from well-known businesses in the community, though a few serve as community leaders. Guests were able to ask questions ranging from the daily schedule of Sailors to the combat capabilities of the ship. 

“It was an experience of a lifetime and certainly lived up to its billing,” said David Peckinpaugh, chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “I walked away thoroughly impressed with the overall naval operation but most importantly, by the people. What a great group of folks… from the commander on down. They were warm, inviting, full of information and highly intelligent. The environment of coaching was evident and the level of responsibility of these kids is truly impressive.”

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