By Robert Reinheimer, Special for the Katy Times
YOKOSUKA, Japan – As Houston Navy Week continues in Texas, a Katy native and 2015 Taylor High School graduate is serving in the Navy and stationed in Yokosuka, Japan as part of the Commandant of the Submarine Group 7 (CSG 7).
Electronics Technician (Navigation) 2nd Class Christopher Bauer joined the Navy in 2015 after high school and began his Navy journey with specialist schools at Naval Submarine Base New London. Next, he was assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Springfield, which changed homeports from Kittery, Maine, to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After his time aboard Springfield, Bauer received orders in Japan, to be part of the CSG 7 crew, where he reported for duty in December 2020.
As an Electronics Technician (Navigation) (ETV), Bauer is responsible for the maintenance of all electronic equipment used in the navigation of submarines. His workload could include maintaining, repairing, calibrating, adjusting, and adjusting navigational equipment, including radar, gyrocompass, inertial navigation, and global positioning systems. ETVs must maintain accurate navigation data and develop and execute navigation plans for submarines to use for safe navigation.
“I joined the Navy to see the world and gain leadership experience in challenging environments,” Bauer said. “I enjoy being stationed in Japan and experiencing the culture while traveling the country and visiting the attractions.”
Bauer credits his Taylor coaches and mentors with the importance of resilience and perseverance.
“I had great football and wrestling coaches, mentors and teachers that I will never forget,” Bauer said.
This perseverance helped Bauer later in his naval career, as he was able to perform vital repairs on the Springfield, which helped the submarine complete a period of shipyard maintenance. Bauer would later receive the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for the work he performed on the crucial piece of machinery.
Bauer is proud of his time in the Navy, his accomplishments and the people he works with every day.
“Serving in the Navy means the unparalleled camaraderie and bonds you form with different people, from all different walks of life, for the common purpose of serving and protecting our shipmates and fellow Americans,” Bauer said.
Submarine Group 7 is responsible for coordinating a diverse fleet of submarines, surface ships, and aircraft deployed in the Western Pacific and the Middle East; two forward-deployed submarine tenders and five Guam-based attack submarines; Submarine Squadron 21 in Bahrain; five ocean surveillance vessels when tasked with theater anti-submarine warfare operations and two oceanographic survey vessels. Under CSG 7 are two task forces: CTF 74 and CTF 54, which provide theater anti-submarine warfare support from the Red Sea to the International Dateline.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Reinheimer is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. Cassandra Thompson is a Navy Lieutenant.