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Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick of the USS Germantown leads fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary on a tour of the ship's well-deck on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students came on board to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life, in this case how the deck is flooded to allow smaller crafts to enter.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick of the USS Germantown leads fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary on a tour of the ship's well-deck on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students came on board to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life, in this case how the deck is flooded to allow smaller crafts to enter. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick of the USS Germantown leads fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary on a tour of the ship's well-deck on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students came on board to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life, in this case how the deck is flooded to allow smaller crafts to enter.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick of the USS Germantown leads fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary on a tour of the ship's well-deck on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students came on board to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life, in this case how the deck is flooded to allow smaller crafts to enter. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Cmdr. Carol McKenzie of the USS Germantown takes questions from Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders on the pier Jan. 19, 2012, before the students tour the ship and see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life.

Cmdr. Carol McKenzie of the USS Germantown takes questions from Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders on the pier Jan. 19, 2012, before the students tour the ship and see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, to tour the ship and see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life.

Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, to tour the ship and see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Sasebo Elementary fifth-grader Blossom King, left, and her fellow classmates can barely contain their delight while learning about fire science on board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students toured the ship to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. The Germantown is forward deployed to Sasebo as a part of the 7th Fleet.

Sasebo Elementary fifth-grader Blossom King, left, and her fellow classmates can barely contain their delight while learning about fire science on board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students toured the ship to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. The Germantown is forward deployed to Sasebo as a part of the 7th Fleet. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Sasebo Elementary fifth-graders Charlene Agustin, left, Joyce Sanchez, center, and Blossom King learn about mechanical advantage and pulleys from sailors on board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students toured the ship to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. The Germantonw, a Whidbey Island class dock landing ship,  is forward deployed to Sasebo as a part of the 7th Fleet.

Sasebo Elementary fifth-graders Charlene Agustin, left, Joyce Sanchez, center, and Blossom King learn about mechanical advantage and pulleys from sailors on board the USS Germantown on Jan. 19, 2012, at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. The students toured the ship to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. The Germantonw, a Whidbey Island class dock landing ship, is forward deployed to Sasebo as a part of the 7th Fleet. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez of the Whidbey Island class dock landing ship USS Germantown teaches Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders how to plot a course in the ship's pilothouse on Jan. 19, 2012. The students toured the ship Thursday to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life.

Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez of the Whidbey Island class dock landing ship USS Germantown teaches Sasebo Elementary fifth- and sixth-graders how to plot a course in the ship's pilothouse on Jan. 19, 2012. The students toured the ship Thursday to see how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – It wasn’t a normal day in the classroom for 66 fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary, and Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez of the USS Germantown wasn’t their normal teacher.

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools students toured the Whidbey Island class dock landing ship on Thursday to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life.

Dominguez, who was working in the pilothouse, showed the students how to use a compass and plot a course. Then she took questions, speaking with students whose imaginations raced, covering everything from navigation to global positioning systems.

“It’s really hard to navigate celestially,” she said. “We rely on this room to make sure we don’t crash,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick added.

In addition to the pilothouse, the children also learned about mechanical advantage and got to operate pulley systems on board the ship. The tour also included fire science, where children got to use the fire hoses in the well-deck of the ship, as well as a tour of the ship’s medical facilities. They also had lunch with skipper Cmdr. Carol McKenzie.


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