NEW YORK, NY – The Freehold Regional High School District NJROTC is pleased to announce the safe return of our participants in this year’s Fleet Week Navy Outreach Tiger Cruise. On Sunday, May 22nd, five cadets, accompanied by Naval Science Instructor, Master Chief David Loring, were selected to board USS Bataan (LHD-5), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Selected by lottery for the unique opportunity of traveling aboard an active duty US Navy Ship, the cadets experienced the life of enlisted servicemen, touring every compartment from the Engine Room to the Combat Information Center (CIC). Cadets were also given unparalleled access to military aircraft on board the distinguished vessel, exploring a Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey, and a Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion. The cadets disembarked Wednesday after participating with the ship in the ‘parade of ships’ – the opening ceremony for New York City’s 2016 Fleet Week. They shared an unforgettable experience. “Trips like this would not be available to the everyday student,” remarked Operations Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Matthew Deissler, “…without NJROTC I would never have the opportunity to go on such an exceptional trip, and be exposed to such an unparalleled experience.” Our unit would like to thank the United States Navy and Marine Corps, for granting us comprehensive access to an active duty “fighting ship.” We remain acutely proud to offer a vast portfolio of unique and exclusive experiences to the distinguished young men and women who comprise our ranks. Our cadets, through their behavior and dedication, strive to honor our men and women who serve our nation now and have served our nation in uniform.