US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Quonset Point, RI

War Game, Battle of the Denmark Strait, NCBC Sea Base, Wickford


On Saturday, 24 January 2009, the Sea Cadet Sea Base on the Wickford waterfront became a war zone, as NCBC Cadets engaged in pitched battles across the shop floor. The scenario was a war game recreation of the 1941 Battle of the Denmark Strait in the North Atlantic between the German Navy battleship BISMARCK and heavy cruiser PRINZ EUGEN, pitted against the UK Royal Navy battleships HMS HOOD and PRINCE OF WALES. The Cadets received training in this game by a team of game coaches, led by Mr. Pete Pelligrino, Senior Military Analyst for Cubic Applications, Inc. at the Naval War College. The Cadets ran the game twice, with the Royal Navy winning the first round, and the Kriegsmarine emerging triumphant in round two. In the post game debriefing (following a restorative pizza break), Mr. Pelligrino led the critique of the strategies employed by the Cadets in each scenario, along with a hearty helping of history and lore from this famous sea battle.

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