A U.S. Navy missile technician from Gary is serving aboard one of the world's most advanced submarines.Â According to the Navy's Office of Community Outreach, Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Short is currently defending America aboard the USS Louisiana.Â The Navy's ballistic missile submarines, often called "boomers," serve as undetectable launch platforms for intercontinetal ballistic missiles and are designed for extended patrols, spending an average of 77-days at seas.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Andre T. Richard/Released)
"Why Being There Matters"
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea.Â The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans.Â Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.Â They are there now.Â They will be there when we are sleeping tonight.Â They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.Â They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.
Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world's oceans.