An Anaheim, California, native is serving aboard USS Pearl Harbor, a U.S. Navy dock landing ship, currently deployed in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Arabian Sea.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Gharineh is a 2011 Anaheim High School and 2013 Goldenwest College graduate. Today, Gharineh serves as a Navy hull maintenance technician responsible for planning, supervising and performing tasks necessary for fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of shipboard structures.
“I’m considered a jack-of-all-trades,” said Gharineh. “I’m a plumber, welder; a metal warrior. I learned a trade that is applicable to the civilian world.”
Gharineh joined the Navy eight years ago to see the world and to serve her country.
According to Gharineh, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Anaheim.
“I learned about being genuine and having at least one person who you can go to about anything, and that one person being able to carry the weight for you in that moment can change everyting for you,” said Gharineh.
Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Pearl Harbor is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship (LSD) named after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
According to Navy officials, LSDs support amphiibous operations including landings via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), conventional landing craft and helicopters, onto hostile shores by transporting and launching amphibous craft and vehicles with their crews and embarked personnel in amphibious assault operations.
“What I enjoy about serving here, is building lasting friendships with people from all over the world and being able to learn something new every day,” said Gharineh.
Though there are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers, Gharineh is most proud of being a mentor and role model for junior sailors.
“Junior sailors look up to me, which I never thought would be the case eight years ago when I was a young sailor,” said Gharineh. “Through all of my mistakes, I am able to help those around me from my personal and professional growth.”
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Gharineh, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.
“The Navy has provided a trade and future for myself,” added Gharineh.