U.S. Navy Operations Spec. Seaman Jacob Ratcliffe of Clayton is serving aboard the Norfolk-based destroyer USS Nitze, one of approximately 31 officers and 284 enlisted men and women who make up the ship's company.
Sailors' jobs are highly varied -- from preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the engines.
"I am proud and amazed by the knowledge they display and the work my sailors do," said ship Cmdr. Michelle Nakamura. "Many very young people, some with only months of experience in the Navy ... performed exceptionally each and everyday of our 7-plus month deployment, and they continue to excel here at home. Their professionalism, motivation and commitment to the Navy are genuinely inspiring."