dork Jacksonville Native Propels Submarine Legacy into the Future
By M. Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Photo via Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Brad Gee

KINGS BAY, Ga. – As residents of Jacksonville move about their every day lives, members of the united states Navy’s “Silent Service” submarine drive work below the ocean’s waves, continuing a culture that just a small fraction of army members will ever know: strategic deterrence.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Roberts assigned to USS Georgia hails from Jacksonville, Florida, and is a 2006 graduate of Antioch High School who takes on the activity to execute considered one of the Defense Department’s most vital project of strategic deterrence.

Roberts is an electrician technician (nuclear) stationed on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines.

"Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is dwelling to all East Coast Ohio-class submarines," stated Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, commander, Submarine Group 10. "Team Kings Bay ensures our crews are struggle prepared whilst known as upon, setting our submarine forces on scene, unseen."

Roberts operates electric tools utilizing controllers to nicely test, maintain, troubleshoot and restore electric circuits, motors, cables, circuit breakers and different comparable electric tools for energy distribution.

Roberts credit continued success within the Navy to lots of the classes discovered in Jacksonville.

“I discovered to be affected person with people,” Roberts said.

Guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) offer the Navy with unprecedented strike and different operation project talents from a stealthy, clandestine platform, according to Jablon. Armed with tactical missiles and outfitted with top of the line communications capabilities, SSGNs are succesful of instantly assisting combatant commander's strike and Special Operations Forces (SOF) requirements. The Navy's 4 guided-missile submarines, every displace 18,750 plenty submerged. Each SSGN is succesful of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired by way of 4 torpedo tubes.

Roberts is aspect of the boat's blue crew, considered one of the NULL rotating crews, which permit the boat to be deployed on missions extra typically with out taxing one group too much. A regular group in this submarine is approximately 150 officials and enlisted sailors.

The first submarine was invented by Yale graduate, David Bushnell, in 1775 and supplied the colonists with a mystery weapon within the variety of a one-man wood craft in an experimental submarine that was nicknamed the Turtle.

Although Bushnell’s efforts have been unsuccessful in makes an attempt to blow up British vessels throughout the American Revolution George Washington stated of the Turtle, “I then thought, and nonetheless think, that it was an attempt of genius.”

U.S. submarines would possibly no longer be what a few have imagined. Measuring 560 ft long, 42-feet broad and weighing extra than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion device allows push the send by way of the water at extra than 20 knots (23 mph).

Because of the no longer easy environment aboard submarines, personnel are authorised basically after rigorous testing, according to Navy officials. Submariners are a few of probably probably the foremost highly-trained and knowledgeable of us within the Navy. Regardless of their specialty, everybody has to read how everything on the send works and tips on tips to reply in emergencies to change into “qualified in submarines” and earn the proper to put on the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.

“I like this command simply due to the actual fact everybody is all of the time keen to hear to you all of the method up and down the chain of command,” Roberts said.

Serving within the Navy means Roberts is aspect of a worldwide it truly is taking on new importance in America’s discuss rebuilding army readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming change practices in aid of the National Defense Strategy.

A key point of the Navy the nation wants is tied to the truth that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the skill to function freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percentage of the Earth’s floor is protected by water; 80 percentage of the world’s population lives near a coast; and 90 percentage of all international commerce by quantity travels by sea.

“Our priorities middle on people, talents and processes, and could be achieved by our discuss speed, value, effects and partnerships,” stated Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements using those priorities.”

Though there are many methods for sailors to earn contrast of their command, community, and career, Roberts is most pleased with incomes the identify of Sailor of the Year for 2018 for his command.

“I planned, educated and finished a vital nuclear experiment formula and no longer using a issues,” Roberts said.

As a member of considered one of the united states Navy’s most relied upon assets, Roberts and different sailors recognize they're aspect of a legacy which will final past their lifetimes offering the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving within the Navy means honoring my nation and being succesful to defend what subjects most to me,” Roberts said.