King native supports the “Silent Service”

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A 1996 South Stokes High School graduate and King native is serving in the U.S. Navy supporting nuclear-powered, fast-attack, submarines homeported in and visiting the Groton, Connecticut area.

Chief Petty Officer Jesse Mitchell is a yeoman.

A Navy yeoman manages all personnel administrative aspects of the command.

This responsibility requires discipline, which Mitchell learned at an early age.

“My father was a 30-year retired law enforcement officer, and I received my discipline from him,” said Mitchell.

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

Naval Submarine Support Center, New London (NSSCNLON) provides administrative and support functions to approximately 20 submarines. The command provides support in the fields of: administration, medical, legal, chaplain, supply, combat systems, engineering, communications, and operations to improve readiness of submarines in the Groton area.

Attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. Their primary tactical advantage is stealth, operating undetected under the sea for long periods of time.

“The U.S. Navy submarine force has one of the highest operational tempos in the U.S. Navy and Naval Submarine Support Center, New London plays a vital role in helping Groton-based submarines maintain their excellent readiness,” said CDR. Brian J. Nowak, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Center, New London. “The warfighters operating the submarines at the tip of the spear, and those who are building the Navy’s newest nuclear powered submarines can only do so because of the vast network of support they receive from the shore side. The professional Sailors and civilians at Naval Submarine Support Center, New London serve a key role in that network. I am honored that I get to serve every day with outstanding Sailors like Mitchell.”

According to Navy officials, because of the demanding environment aboard submarines, personnel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation.

The submarine community is an all-volunteer force, which has some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy.

Becoming a submariner is an accomplishment in itself, and Mitchell takes pride in his service as part of this special community.

“Having the honor to serve as a submariner, that in my opinion is the elite community in the Navy, is a great privilege,” said Mitchell.

Supporting the high operational tempo and unique challenges of the submarine force build strong fellowship and a strong sense of mission, according to Navy officials.

“I take pride in serving something greater than myself,” added Mitchell.

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