Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
03:57 pm
18 August 2019

Umatilla Native Serves aboard a Floating Airport at Sea

Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver

BREMERTON, Wash. – A Umatilla, Florida, native and 2007 Umatilla High School graduate is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, a floating airport at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Dunn is an electronics technician serving aboard the carrier.

A Navy electronics technician is responsible for maintaining radar, navigation, and interfacing equipment.

“I get to maintain and upkeep critical radar equipment for the ship, and knowing the importance of this equipment is very rewarding to me,” said Dunn. “Our radars are life-saving.”

Approximately 3,200 men and women make up the crew of John C. Stennis, with an additional 2,000 sailors assigned to the ship’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 9.

Named in honor of former Senator John C. Stennis from Mississippi, the carrier is longer than three football fields, measuring nearly 1,100 feet. The ship, a true floating city, weighs more than 100,000 tons and has a flight deck that is 252 feet wide.

When the air wing is embarked, the ship carries more than 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land aboard the carrier at sea.

Powerful catapults slingshot the aircraft off the bow of the ship. The planes land aboard the carrier by snagging a steel cable with an arresting hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft.

Dunn combines the lessons learned from both the Navy and Umatilla to take personal responsibility in performing assigned tasks and leading others.

“I learned that respect for elders goes a long way growing up, and that’s helped me in the Navy,” said Dunn.

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

“Serving in the Navy gives me the opportunity to do and see things I never thought I’d be able to do,” said Dunn.

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jackson Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach