Philadelphia sailor serves aboard USS Charlotte

) U.S. Navy Petty Officer Curtis Chesson, an Electrician's Mate from Philadelphia, PA (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebecca Ives/Released.)PEARL HARBOR, HI (SBN)—U.S. Navy Petty Officer Curtis Chesson, an Electrician’s Mate from Philadelphia, Pa., is serving aboard the USS Charlotte (SSN 766), a Los Angeles class submarine based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii protecting and defending America on the world’s oceans. Submariners are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The highly technical training ensures each crew operates, maintains, and repairs every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, every submariner must learn how every system on the submarine works and how to respond in emergencies. “My favorite part of being part of the submarine community is how close-knit and how much of a family we become,” said Chesson. “Everybody knows everybody and that helps when you need to get things done. You know there other others who go through the same experiences you do, so it helps.” Relying on its technological superiority, speed, endurance, mobility, stealth, and payload afforded by nuclear power, the Charlotte retains its preeminence and lethality in the undersea battlespace. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebecca Ives/Released.)

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