By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch

BREMERTON, Wash. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a frocking ceremony in the hangar bay June 6 for 382 Sailors who advanced to the next pay grade.

These “frocked” Sailors will now assume the title and wear the uniform of their newly earned pay grade. Sailors will then receive pay for their rate depending on their official date of advancement, which occurs in three increments throughout the year.

“I’m going to be assuming the responsibility that comes with the promotion,” said Ship’s Servicemen 3rd Class Henry Thomas, who added that his leadership style is to lead by example and make sure you lead from the front. “I’ve always been told you’re given what you provide.”

Families and friends of those being promoted were invited aboard for the ceremony that frocked 214 to third class petty officer, 130 to second class petty officer and 38 to first class petty officer.

“It’s a wonderful day and it’s well earned,” said Capt. Ron Reis, Stennis’s Commanding Officer. “Each one of these Sailors has performed magnificently and this is a testament to that.”

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