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Manassas Native Serves in Japan Aboard Forward-Deployed Ship

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach 

SASEBO, Japan – A 2014 Osbourn High School graduate and Manassas native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Briana Thomas is an interior communications electrician aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

A Navy interior communications electrician is responsible for operating, coordinating, and performing organizational and intermediate maintenance on alarm, warning, and indicating systems.

“Being an interior communications electrician comes with a lot of perks, I get to work with a lot of people and almost everyone knows who I am,” said Thomas.

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 U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.

“Our alliance is rooted in shared interests and shared values,” said Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Commander. “It’s not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, it also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom.”

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

“This command tries their best to help you out as best they can which makes for a great environment to work in,” said Thomas.

Sea duty is inherently arduous and challenging but it builds strong fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the crew. The crew is highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“Serving in the Navy provides me the means to be successful and move forward in my career, I am proud to serve my country,” said Thomas.

The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part a long-standing commitment

“The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Harris.

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