(Vallejo, California – April 30, 2018) – Students from California State University Maritime Academy departed the School's Vallejo Campus shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning. The Training Ship Golden Bear, Cal Maritime's 500-foot training vessel, has scheduled stops in Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Saipan, Hawaii, and San Diego.
In all, the ship will travel more than 14,000 miles before returning to campus on June 29.
The annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum for students majoring in marine transportation and engineering at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel.
All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship's captain, the chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners. During the cruise, cadets continue to attend classes and apply what they have learned in the classroom, in the lab, on the waterfront, and as members of the Academy's Corps of Cadets.
To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the Follow the Voyage blog at www.cma-virtualftv.org.