Local high school students dive deep into virtual US Navy missions

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Beach High School students took a break from class and class to step into the virtual reality of what a mission would be like for someone in the United States Navy.

“It was a great experience,” said Jaylen Harris, a student at Beach. “I got to see a lot of things the Navy SEALs do. When you first walk in there, you watch a video with the mission you’re supposed to do. Whoever your captain is, they’ll tell you to slow down, to keep up speed, slow down or shoot.

The U.S. Navy is visiting several schools in Savannah this week as part of its outreach and education program. They partnered with various high schools and universities across the country to present different career opportunities – and top students were able to be in the driver’s seat.

“Here we have the Nimitz virtual reality simulation,” said US Navy Lt. Alisha Maitland-White. “It gives a practical look at a day in the navy. They have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Swick mission. They receive orders and they are able to go and accomplish this mission.

The lieutenant says the virtual reality component appeals to younger generations while giving them the closest thing to the real-life experience.

“Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” White said. “Not all secondary schools have this experience. Since it’s virtual reality, it really appeals to the new generation and gives them a hands-on preview of what they might expect.

The students agree that they have a better idea of ​​the profession and an idea as to whether they want to pursue opportunities in the Navy.

“For us, it gives a better experience and gives us a better sense of what it’s like,” said Beach student Zane Murray. “And how is it going to be if you want to pursue that career.”

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