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Golf Academy of America officials tour Navy ship near San Diego

Oct 11, 2012

Recently, members of the management team at Golf Academy of America in San Diego—along with Chauncey Mitchell, Manager of Military Education Partnerships for Golf Academy of America—were invited to take a tour of the USS Makin Island guided by the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Cedric Pringle.

The tour was a unique opportunity to experience one of the newest, most technologically advanced ships in the Navy's arsenal.

"Golf Academy of America is greatly appreciative to Captain Pringle and his entire ship for their time, hospitality, and service to our country. This opportunity will give us a better idea of some of the things our students had to do while serving our country and in turn will help us better serve them," said Henry Salgado, Director of Admissions for the San Diego campus of Golf Academy of America.

Pictured above, left to right:  Patti Luna, Director of Student Finance; Henry Salgado, Director of Admissions; Captain Cedric Pringle, Commanding Officer of the USS Makin Island; Master Chief Steven F. Alt, Command Master Chief of the USS Makin Island; and Chauncey Mitchell, Manager, Military Education Partnerships.

About the USS Makin Island (from the Navy):

The purpose/mission of Makin Island is to embark, deploy, and land elements of a Marine landing force in an Amphibious Assault by helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles. The secondary mission is that of sea control and power projection.

Although Makin Island is the eighth ship of the Wasp class, it features noteworthy technological advances. Changes from the previous LHD design include: gas turbine main propulsion engines, all-electric auxiliaries, an advanced machinery control system, water mist fire protection systems, and the Navy's most advanced command and control and combat systems equipment. The gas turbine propulsion plant, with all electric auxiliaries, is a program first for large deck amphibious assault ships and provides significant savings in manpower and maintenance costs associated with traditional steam-powered amphibious ships. The ship carries four reverse-osmosis water-purification systems, each capable of processing 50,000 gallons of fresh water per day.