America’s Navy is at Independence High School today and tomorrow showcasing its massive mobile virtual reality rig — The Burke. Named after famed WWII Admiral Arleigh Burke, this 30-foot trailer is home to the Navy’s mobile virtual reality experience, where students experience firsthand the adrenalin rush of virtually piloting a Navy SWCC boat to extract a Navy SEAL team under heavy fire in enemy territory. The Burke features state of the art technology, including Oculus Rift Headsets and SubPac vests that percuss in real-time — allowing participants to literally feel the action.
America’s Navy is searching the country, looking for the best and brightest high-quality recruits. With graduation nearing, local high school seniors are at a pivotal moment in their lives and will be making decisions that will affect them for years to come. Local Navy career counselors want to educate students on the boundless opportunities a Navy career can offer them including, free college tuition and career training.
The rig is located behind the school across from the athletic fields and tennis courts. It will be operational from 7:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. today and tomorrow.