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Movie studio engineers who normally ply their trade for Hollywood have set up shop in Great Lakes, Ill. They are putting the finishing touches on a replica of a Navy warship that is intended to dazzle potential recruits and to assist them in learning the ins and outs of modern naval technology.

The simulated guided-missile destroyer, called the USS Trayer, is being unveiled this month at Great Lakes, home of the Navy's recruiting command. To make sure the model accurately replicates the real thing, recruiting command officials have asked experienced sailors to evaluate how well it can simulate the sights, sounds and smells of being underway and under attack. Recruits will experience the simulation starting in June.

By no means should this mock ship be viewed as a "world-class Disney ride," says retired Vice Adm. Alfred G. Harm, Jr., former head of Naval Education and Training Command. "That's not the point. The point is ... better trained sailors."
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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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