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

Photo by using means of Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Brad Gee

KINGS BAY, Ga. – As residents of Apple Valley move about their day by using means of day lives, members of the us 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 Jacob Bowden, assigned to USS Georgia, hails from Apple Valley, California, and is a 2007 graduate of Apple Valley High School takes on the job to execute one among the Defense Department’s foremost undertaking of strategic deterrence.

Bowden is a sonar technician 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 house 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 while referred to as upon, setting our submarine forces on scene, unseen."

“I use sound and trigonometry to verify backyard touch ships for range, course and speed,” Bowden said. “I also do much of pc networking and protecting pc systems.”

Bowden credit continued success within the Navy to plenty of the courses discovered in Apple Valley.

“I discovered my work ethic from my brother. Work while there can also just be work, play while there can also just be now not any work. If you desire to play then there can also just be now not any work,” Bowden said.

Guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) supply the Navy with unprecedented strike and unique operation undertaking abilties from a stealthy, clandestine platform, according to Jablon. Armed with tactical missiles and outfitted with most suitable communications capabilities, SSGNs are able of instantly aiding 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 able of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired via 4 torpedo tubes.

Bowden is edge of the boat's blue crew, one among the NULL rotating crews, which permit the boat to be deployed on missions extra typically with out taxing one workforce too much. A standard workforce 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 sort 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 now not be what a few have imagined. Measuring 560 toes long, 42-feet extensive and weighing extra than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion device facilitates push the send via the water at extra than 20 knots (23 mph).

Because of the tough environment aboard submarines, personnel are authorized merely after rigorous testing, according to Navy officials. Submariners are a few of probably probably the foremost highly-trained and professional of us within the Navy. Regardless of their specialty, everybody has to read how everything on the send works and how one can reply in emergencies to develop into “qualified in submarines” and earn the proper to put on the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.

“What I like about this command is that I get much of day off and it’s good to turn over to one other workforce and be with my family,” Bowden said.

Serving within the Navy means Bowden is edge of a worldwide this is taking on new importance in America’s talk about rebuilding army readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming alternate practices in aid of the National Defense Strategy.

A key aspect of the Navy the country wants is tied to the reality 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 blanketed by water; 80 percentage of the world’s population lives near a coast; and 90 percentage of all world commerce by quantity travels by sea.

“Our priorities middle on people, abilties and processes, and can also just be executed by our talk about 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, Bowden is most pleased with his command advancement to moment magnificence petty officer.

“I spent virtually 4 years with out taking go away and I was awarded command advancement,” Bowden said.

As a member of 1 among the united states Navy’s most relied upon assets, Bowden and different sailors understand they're edge of a legacy which will final past their lifetimes offering the Navy the country needs.

“Serving within the Navy means that I even have a proper to vote,” Bowden said. “My private opinion is that in case you don’t vote then you definitely don't have a proper to assert something about what our government does.”