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There's Always a First

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Patrick Weir just graduated from the Naval Academy, and as a promising young officer, he gets the go ahead to man the helm for the very first time.

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely is the very definition of a fighting ship. She's the youngest warship in the US Navy's fleet and you've been granted exclusive access to see her in operation. When called into duty, she'll be armed with everything from Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack helicopters, but for now, she and her crew must prove they are combat-ready. Witness the live-fire training exercises they go though, and see how she weathers the storm of simulated air and sea attacks, fires and an unexpected visit from a wandering civilian vessel.

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