By Alvin Plexico, Office of Navy Community Outreach
A native of Bradenton, Florida serves in the US Navy aboard the USS Idaho, one of the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Enrique Caballero, a 2018 Palmetto High School graduate, joined the Navy three years ago.
“I joined the Navy to serve my country and make my family proud,” Caballero said.
According to Caballero, the values required to be successful in the military are similar to those found in Bradenton.
“Bradenton is a very social place, so making friends and being able to communicate well helped me when I joined the Navy,” Caballero said.
Fast, manoeuvrable and technically advanced, submarines are among the Navy’s most versatile ships, capable of silently carrying out a variety of missions around the world.
There are three main types of submarines: fast attack submarines (SSN), guided missile submarines (SSBN), and guided missile submarines (SSGN).
Fast attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; hitting targets on land with cruise missiles; transport and deliver Navy SEALs; carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. Their main tactical advantage is stealth, operating undetected under the sea for long periods of time.
The Navy’s guided-missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for ballistic missiles launched by submarines. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols, and precise missile delivery. Their design allows submarines to operate for 15 years or more between major overhauls. On average, submarines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in port for maintenance.
Missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special ops capabilities from a stealth and clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communication capabilities, SSGNs are able to directly support the combat commander’s strike and the needs of special operations forces. Each SSGN is capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, as well as a complement of heavy torpedoes to be fired through four torpedo tubes.
Serving in the Navy means Caballero is part of a world that takes on new significance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances, and reforming business practices in support of national defense strategy.
“A lot of people don’t know everything we do in the Navy,” Caballero said. “We are a strong line of defense for our county. “
With more than 90% of all trade by sea and 95% of the world’s international telephone and internet traffic passing through fiber-optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to stress that the The prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
“What our submarine forces accomplish every day is vitally important to the defense of our country,” said Vice-Admiral Daryl Caudle, Commander of the Submarine Forces. “Our submarine force is an essential part of global maritime security and the country’s nuclear triad. Every day our submariners are on spearhead, forward deployed and ready – from the depths we strike! “
As a member of the US Navy, Caballero, along with other Sailors, know they are part of a tradition of service delivering unforgettable experiences through leadership development, global affairs and humanitarian assistance. . Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the world and for generations of seafarers to follow.
“To do a job that not everyone can do is an honor and makes what we do on the sub special,” Caballero added. “Serving in the Navy is putting the needs of my country and others before mine. “
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