TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - There are many southern Arizonans that are serving their country while at sea with the U.S. Navy.
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Andres Flores, from Rio Rico, Ariz. assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), paints a playground equipment during a visit to a local orphanage. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants.
Another Arizona sailor, also aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt is Aviation Electronics Mate 3rd Class Andrew Poe, from Sierra Vista, Ariz.(pictured on the right), with Aviation Electronics Mate 1st Class Jacob Gambino, from Sparta, Wis., repairing a generator converter unit (GCU) on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Golder Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
One such story is Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Ian Gunderson, from Tucson, Ariz., troubleshoots the tail wheel lockpin on an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Another is U.S. Navy Chief Boatswain’s Mate Michael Clearly, from Tucson, Ariz., tightens a hinge on the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.