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Feb. 9 - Savannah native serves aboard Navy warship in San Diego

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February 9, 2018 - A Savannah native and 2013 Southeast Bulloch High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Dakota Adkins is a sonar technician (surface) aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
 
A Navy sonar technician (surface) is responsible for transmitting sounds into the water to discover if submarines are nearby.
 
“I've learned the importance of showing respect growing up in the South, so it was easy for me to understand the level of respect expected in military culture,” Adkins said.
 
More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and 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, according to Navy officials.
 
"The success of our Surface Force ships is measured by our ability to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and to project that power ashore where and when it matters," said Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. "It's hard work to ready ships for combat operations at sea - it takes the talent of an entire crew working well together.  I'm extremely proud of the each and every surface warrior's contributions to the Navy's enduring mission of protecting and defending America, at home and around the world."
 
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.
 
Adkins has military ties with family members who have previously served, and he is honored to carry on the family tradition.
 
“I had a family friend who was in the military, and I saw the benefits of his decision to serve,” Adkins said. “Through his guidance, I decided that the Navy was the right path for me.”
 
Adkins proudest accomplishment was his speedy advancement in rank.
 
“I had a really great division that helped me get to where I am now,” said Adkins.
 
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Adkins and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
 
“Being in the Navy has given me the opportunity to work for what I have and the chance to grow and become a better person both professionally and personally,” Adkins added.

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