by Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach
LONG ISLAND, NY – A 2007 North Babylon High School graduate and Ronkonkoma, New York native is serving aboard the homeport for U.S. Atlantic Fleet’s ballistic missile nuclear submarines.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Moran, a Navy diver, is responsible for providing underwater repairs on every sub on base.
“There is great camaraderie with my fellow divers, we look out for one another,” said Moran. “I like working underwater repairing the subs to make them mission-ready at all times.”
The mission at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is to provide support to the fleet, fighter and family, according to Navy officials. It is the state-of-the-art home to the Atlantic Fleet’s Trident submarines and serves as an integral part of the nation’s strategic deterrence program.
North Babylon High School graduate and Ronkonkoma, New York native is serving aboard the homeport for U.S. Atlantic Fleet’s ballistic missile nuclear submarines.
The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as undetectable launch platforms for intercontinental ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles, and they are the only survivable leg of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces, which also include land-based missiles and aircraft. The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major overhauls.
According to Navy officials, submarine sailors are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain, and repair every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.
“We demand the highest standards from our sailors – both professionally and personally,” said Rear Adm. Randy Crites, commander, Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay. “Their chain of command, family and our great nation take immense pride in their devotion and service. These sailors are absolutely crucial to ensuring our ships and submarines are operating at their best – always mission ready, providing our nation with the greatest Navy the world has ever known. I’m so very proud these sailors are on our team.”
“This is a unique experience that not a lot of people have the opportunity to do,” said Moran. “It takes a special kind of person to work on a boat that is designed to go underwater and I take great honor in that.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Moran and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
“Serving in the Navy has given me a lot of humility, strengthened my work ethic and it’s taught me to appreciate the little things in life,” Moran said.