Local Man Serving His Country


Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Victor Gatjens, from Fort Myers, Florida, uses a walkie-talkie to relay information while refueling Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

Lake Champlain is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of the U.S. 3rd Fleet in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan K. Serpico/Released)