NORFOLK, Virginia–A Pearl native is now serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier.
The USS George H.W. Bush is one of only ten aircraft carriers in the Navy today. Seaman Apprentice Daniel Collier of Pearl, Miss., is getting a chance to get his sea legs on the ship.
Collier says he’s learning a lot in this service, especially about himself.
“I appreciate all the opportunities the Navy has given me,”said Collier.“I’ve been able to travel to new places and meet interesting people.”
Collier is serving as a gunner’s mate, protecting the United States from international threat that could come into US waters.
“The people in the Navy I work with are the best qualified in the world. I received excellent training Gunner’s Mate school, but my shipmates on the Bush help me apply my training and share their real world experience with me,”said Collier.
Sailors’ jobs on the USS George H.W. Bush range from washing dishes to handling nuclear reactors. It takes nearly 6,000 people to ensure everything sails smoothly, and nearly 3,000 of those can fly and maintain the planes.