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By Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Zahn
Navy Office of Community Outreach 

Marysville native serves half a world away


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Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Ainsworth, from Marysville, is serving in Guam in the U.S. Navy aboard the expeditionary submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

SASEBO, Japan - A Marysville, Washington, native is serving in Guam in the U.S. Navy aboard the expeditionary submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Ainsworth is an information systems technician aboard the Guam-based submarine tender, one of two submarine tenders in the U.S. Navy. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.

A Navy information systems technician is responsible for electronic mail systems, shipboard control systems, special intelligence (SI) systems. They have a broad range of responsibilities, including network administration, database management and computer hardware and software implementation.

Ainsworth is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Marysville.

"I played a lot of sports growing up so I learned teamwork," said Ainsworth. "This helps in the Navy because we work with so many other people, you are a part of a team, act like it and be understanding of everyone."

The Emory S. Land made a routine port visit in Sasebo, Japan while conducting an exercise.

Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America's interests. With more than 50 percent of the world's shipping tonnage and a third of the world's crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy's presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials.

With a crew of 42 officers and 600 enlisted, submarine tenders are 649 feet long and weigh approximately 23,493 tons. Their mission is to provide maintenance, repairs, hotel services, weapons reload and logistics support to deployed guided-missile and fast-attack submarines. Both of the U.S. Navy's submarine tenders are homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, and rotate between deployment to support the forward-operating in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and in port in Guam to support in-port and visiting units.

Submarine tenders are additionally capable of providing repair and logistic services to deployed surface ships.

"I've enjoyed being deployed here," said Ainsworth. "It was nice to travel. We were ported in Guam for two years and it was nice to experience another culture. I'm more active since being in the Navy. I see the world in a bigger perspective."

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied-upon assets, Ainsworth and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

"I've experienced a lot of different aspects of the Navy while being here," said Ainsworth. "We work with subs, surface fleet, and we meet all these sailors and civilians on our ship."


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