US Navy releases photo of local officer serving aboard flag ship on Pacific Ocean

USS John C. Stennis – CVN 74 | Photo courtesy of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The U.S. Navy released a photo Monday of a U.S. Navy officer from St. George deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the waters of the world.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Forrest Ebell is a hull maintenance technician serving aboard the USS John C. Stennis – CVN 74. The ship is currently undergoing an operational training period in the Pacific Ocean in preparation for future deployments.

Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Forrest Ebell, of St. George, performs functional test on a scud welder in the repair shop of USS John C. Stennis - CVN 74, Pacific Ocean, May 7, 2015 | Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago, St. George News
Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Forrest Ebell, of St. George, performs functional test on a scud welder in the repair shop of USS John C. Stennis – CVN 74, Pacific Ocean, May 7, 2015 | Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago, St. George News

The photo taken Thursday shows Ebell performing a functional test on a scud welder in the repair shop of Stennis.

Stennis and its crew, consisting of more than 3,000 men and women living and working aboard the flag ship, provide forward presence and credible deterrence, and conduct sustained air operations, maritime interdiction, counter-piracy operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, according to the U.S. Navy website.

MCSN Jamal McNeill, of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, said in an email Monday:

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. 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. 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. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

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