Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder, John C. Stennis Strike Group Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN – The crew of the guided-missile cruiser named after the battle of Mobile Bay is keeping the spirit of Adm. David Farragut alive while underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise/Joint Task Force Exercise (COMPTUEX/JTFEX).
New chief petty officer selectees aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) hosted a Battle of Mobile Bay presentation and commemoration on the ship’s mess deck, Aug. 5.
“My pride as a Sailor, as a chief, [along with] the amazing legacy of this ship and her crew swelled,” said Chief Master at Arms Jason Jones. “Our selects are top-notch, which is not only a reflection of them, but also of the leadership past and present onboard the mighty Mobile Bay.”
The rest of the crew appreciated the display of Farragut’s legacy, which culminated by the cutting of a cake commemorating the battle’s anniversary.
“I’m proud to say I’m on the Mobile Bay,” said Hull Technician 3rd Class Andrew Workman. “This is my first ship and I didn’t really know what to expect. Our captain is great; he’s all about the crew. It’s such a good command because everyone knows each other and we take care of one another.”
According to many, the crew of the Mobile Bay is what drives the ship and its mission forward. The tight-knit community showcases a unique command that works well together not only because they have to, but because they want to. Their ship’s motto, bearing and determination echo Adm. Farragut’s famous words during the Battle of Mobile Bay, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
While underway for COMPTUEX/JTFEX, the Sailors of Mobile Bay have conducted many various evolutions. From damage control and aviation team drills, to numerous hours of flight quarters and live-fire exercises, the crew has stepped up and met every challenge the exercise has had to offer.
“I’m already away from my family on the East coast, so being underway is great,” said Workman. “I didn’t join the Navy to sit in port, I joined to go out to sea and have fun.”