The native of Paris serves aboard the future warship of the US Navy | Local News


A native of Paris serves aboard one of the country’s newest and most versatile warships, the future USS Iowa, a Virginia-class submarine.

Chief Petty Officer Clayton Huckaba, who graduated from Henry County High School in 2010, joined the Navy to continue a tradition of family service.

“My father was a former submariner,” Huckaba said.

Today, Huckaba serves as a journeyman machinist.

“I’m a non-nuclear mechanic working on high pressure air, hydraulics, diesel engines and atmosphere control equipment,” Huckaba said. “I make sure the crew can eat, drink and breathe while sailing. I also make sure the submarine can operate underwater.

According to Huckaba, the values ​​required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Paris.

“The lesson I learned from Paris is hard work watching my mother raise four children while becoming a nurse,” Huckaba said.

The future USS Iowa, a fast attack submarine named after the state of Iowa, is currently nearing completion at General Dynamics Corp’s Electric Boat shipyard. in Groton, Connecticut.

Fast attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; hit land targets with cruise missiles; transport and deliver Navy SEALs; conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. The Virginia-class SSN is the most advanced submarine in the world today, according to Navy officials. It combines stealth and payload capability to meet the demands of combatant commanders in this age of strategic competition.

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting fast defensive and offensive operations around the world.

“Being able to lead and mentor sailors on the right path while helping build a nuclear submarine is my favorite part of this command,” Huckaba said.

“I’m very proud to have been promoted to chief petty officer and become a submarine pilot,” Huckaba said. “I went from a small town in the United States to the largest navy in the world. I feel like what I’m doing makes a difference and means my kids will have a safer America.”


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