Fort Myers Native Supports Combat Ships

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Navy Petty Officer Luc-Rikardo Fils

A 2008 Riverdale High School graduate and Ft. Myers, Florida native is serving in the U.S. Navy to support one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils is a yeoman and is assigned to Commander, LCS Squadron One that support the mission of the littoral combat ships based in San Diego.

A Navy yeoman is responsible for the administrative staff and assistant to the Public Affairs Officer for the LCS Community.

“I like that this command gives me learning opportunities and I’ve learned a lot from the leadership because they are willing to help us with becoming well grounded and learning the ins-and-outs of public affairs,” said Fils.

Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, the Freedom variant of littoral combat ships are 388 feet long and weigh nearly 3,400 tons fully loaded. Twin gas-turbine engines push the ship through the water at more than 40 mph.

“Serving with this command gives me a sense of pride whenever I accomplish work,” said Fils. “I love being able to do public affairs. Being able to do my part and putting people’s story out there is a great experience.”

According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping onboard.

“Sailors that work aboard this platform are expected to be capable of performing a variety of tasks to assist in the completion of the LCS mission,” said Capt. Warren R Buller, Commander, LCS Squadron One. “The training that is required of our sailors is rigorous and difficult. This ensures that they are mission ready to defend and protect America at all times.”

As a sailor supporting one of the Navy’s newest ships, Fils explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Sailors know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.

“I joined to serve my country and I love our nation and the chance to travel the world,” said Fils. “I love all the things I see onboard the ships.”

Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, the LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.

 

Navy Office of Community Outreach