Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach
SASEBO, JAPAN – A Brentwood, New York, native and 2003 Ross Brentwood High School graduate is serving in Guam in the U.S. Navy aboard the expeditionary submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sophia Jackson is an interior communications electrician aboard the Guam-based submarine tender, one of two submarine tenders in the U.S. Navy. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sophia Jackson. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy.
A Navy interior communications electrician is responsible for operating, coordinating, and performing organizational and intermediate maintenance on alarm, warning, and indicating systems.
Jackson is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Brentwood.
“Growing up, I learned how to adapt with others and I had a keen talent to network,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s proudest accomplishment in the Navy is becoming a petty officer second class.
The Emory S. Land made a routine port visit in Sasebo, Japan while conducting an exercise.
Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America’s interests. With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials.
With a crew of 42 officers and 600 enlisted, submarine tenders are 649 feet long and weigh approximately 23,493 tons. Their mission is to provide maintenance, repairs, hotel services, weapons reload and logistics support to deployed guided-missile and fast-attack submarines. Both of the U.S. Navy’s submarine tenders are homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, and rotate between deployment to support the forward-operating in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and in port in Guam to support in-port and visiting units.
Submarine tenders are additionally capable of providing repair and logistic services to deployed surface ships.
“Being forward deployed, I take it a day at a time and it is very rewarding when I get to go home and see my friends and family,” said Jackson. “It’s the cost for a better life. The Navy has made me more dedicated. I have more pride in what I do for my country. Being in the Navy is a confirmation in my work ethic.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Jackson and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy means accelerating my life,” said Jackson.
Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.