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Long Beach native serves aboard Navy warship in Everett, Washington

US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayson Gamble. Courtesy photo.
US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayson Gamble. Courtesy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jake Joy of the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayson Gamble, a native of Long Beach, California, serves the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of Everett, Washington.

Gamble joined the Navy four years ago. Today, Gamble serves as a sonar technician aboard USS Sampson based in Everett, Washington.

“I was inspired by the opportunity to travel and to meet people,” said Gamble.

Gamble attended Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and graduated in 2008. Today, Gamble uses skills and values similar to those found in Long Beach.

“The more we do today the less we’ll have to do tomorrow,” said Gamble.

These lessons have helped Gamble while serving aboard USS Sampson.

A Navy destroyer is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea. The ship is equipped with tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and a phalanx close-in weapons system.

More than 300 sailors serve aboard USS Sampson. Their jobs are highly specialized, requiring both dedication and skill. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times.

Serving in the Navy means Gamble is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy protects our homeland on the waterfront and out at sea,” said Gamble.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities, and capacity.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” said Gilday. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”

Gamble and other sailors have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I was given the opportunity to give our previous commanding officer his end-of-tour award,” said Gamble. “I asked if I could do that because I’m an outgoing person.”

As Gamble and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions to support national defense, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy gives me a sense of belonging because I’m part of something bigger than myself,” added Gamble.

This article was written by Alvin Plexico for the the Navy Office of Community Outreach.