are used to transfer Marines, equipment and supplies and can support helicopters or other aircraft. They also are capable of accessing 75% of the world’s beaches.
According to Admiral Mike Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, the focus of today’s Navy is squarely on warfighting, warfighters and the capabilities needed for the Navy of the future.
"I am confident we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow," said Gilday. "And we will do so with urgency. Our fleet will be a potent, formidable force that competes around the world every day, deterring those who would challenge us while reassuring our allies and partners."
There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers. Stock is most proud of completing a deployment.
"We went to the Middle East and visited ports in Thailand, Guam, Okinawa, Jordan, Bahrain and Hawaii," said Stock.
For Stock, serving in the Navy is a tradition passed down from generations and one Stock hopes to continue.
"My great grandpa and my grandpa were both in the Navy," said Stock. "I also have an uncle who was in the Army. It makes my family proud