MILLBURN, NJ - Rain foiled the planned landing of four Marine helicopters at Millburn High School on Thursday, but the students still got to enjoy visiting with Marines from the USS Kearsarge LHD3 in the gym.
The abbreviated, indoor Fleet Week celebration featured the Marines sharing information during assemblies and students also had the opportunity speak with some of the military personnel. The students also got a chance to practice their own drills and skills.
Studio 462, Millburn High School's first and only TV and Internet broadcasting network, livestreamed the visit on their site http://studio462.org/.
The original program included an MV-22 Osprey, a CH-53 heavy-lift helicopter, UH-1 Huey helicopter and an AH-1 Super Cobra helicopter landing on the football field that sported a large US flag and red, white and blue USA thanks to the MHS custodial staff. Students and the public would be able to walk through each aircraft and interact with the pilots. Additional displays were planned to have military working dogs, an explosive ordinance robotics demonstration, and a demonstration of the different weapon systems that are used in the Marine Corps.
The USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is the third Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the fifth ship to be named (the fourth actually commissioned) in honor of USS Kearsarge, a sloop-of-war that gained fame during the American Civil War, which was in turn named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire. The warship was christened on 16 May 1992 and commissioned on 16 October 1993.