Thursday, September 29, 2022

Coronado Native Serves Aboard Navy Warship

A native of Coronado, California, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser, USS Cowpens.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sang Kim, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel Roy, a 2018 graduate of Del Oro High School in Sacramento, California, joined the Navy two years ago.

“I was inspired to join the Navy because my grandfather was a captain of a ship and my brother is also in the Navy,” said Roy.

Today, Roy serves as a cryptologic technician.

A cryptologic technician is responsible for collecting and analyzing intelligence.

Roy relies upon skills and values from lessons learned in Coronado to succeed in the military.

“I learned loyalty, discipline and commitment,” said Roy. “These traits help me succeed both professionally and personally.”

Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Cowpens is named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens, a major American victory near Cowpens, South Carolina. The historic battle weakened British attempts to wrest the southern colonies from American control.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance, according to Navy officials.

Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, cruisers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any task overseas.

Serving in the Navy means Roy is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on strengthening alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capacities and maintaining military readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy contributes to national defense because it projects our power and unifies us,” said Roy.

More than 90 percent of all trade travels by sea, and fiber optic cables on the ocean floor carry 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic.

Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to ready sailors and a strong Navy.

“Maintaining the world’s best Navy is an investment in the security and prosperity of the United States, as well as the stability of our world,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.

“The U.S. Navy – forward deployed and integrated with all elements of national power – deters conflict, strengthens our alliances and partnerships and guarantees free and open access to the world’s oceans. As the United States responds to the security environment through integrated deterrence, our Navy must continue to deploy forward and campaign with a ready, capable, combat-credible fleet.”

“The Surface Force will continue to meet the challenge of strategic competition and respond to the realities of the modern security environment,” said Commander of Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener. “ Our efforts are critical to preserve freedom of the seas, deter aggression and win wars.”

Sailors like Roy, have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I’m most proud of winning the Sailor of the Quarter award,” said Roy.

As Roy and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means doing my duty and honoring my grandfather,” added Roy.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is happy to call Coronado home and to have raised her children here. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, trying new restaurants, and just walking her dog around the "island." Have news to share? Send tips or story ideas to: