By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patricia Rodriguez, Navy Office of Community Outreach
NORFOLK, Va. – Petty Officer 1st Class Christian Scott, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, serves the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.
Photo by Mass Communication
Specialist Seaman Manvir Gill
Scott joined the Navy 16 years ago. Today, Scott serves as a master at arms.
“I went to college and realized I needed to do more than sit in a classroom,” said Scott. “I thought about it for about a week and then I joined the Navy.”
Growing up in Wapakoneta, Scott attended Wapakoneta High School and graduated in 2005. Today, Scott relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Wapakoneta to succeed in the military.
“My hometown is the birthplace of Neil Armstrong,” said Scott. “He was just a regular man who through patience and doing the right thing, accomplished great things. That taught me to be patient, do good things, and hope for the best.”
These lessons have helped Scott while serving in the Navy.
Aircraft carriers provide unique capabilities and survivability. They are a powerful exhibition of the American Navy’s legacy of innovation, technological evolution, and maritime dominance, according to Navy officials.
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) represents the first major design investment in aircraft carriers since the 1960s. The ship is engineered to support new technologies and a modern air wing essential to deterring and defeating near-peer adversaries in a complex maritime environment. Ford delivers a significant increase in sortie generation rate, approximately three times more electrical generation capacity, and a $4 billion reduction in total life-cycle cost per ship, when compared to a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Once deployed, the Ford-class will serve as the centerpiece of strike group operations through the 21st century, supporting a host of evolving national strategic objectives. When the air wing is embarked, the ship carries more than 70 attack fighter jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land from FORD’s state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). With nearly 5,000 Sailors serving aboard, Ford is a self-contained mobile airport.
Aircraft carriers are often the first response to a global crisis because of their ability to operate freely in international waters anywhere on the world’s oceans. Carrier strike groups have the unique advantage of mobility, making them far more strategically advantageous than fixed-site bases. No other weapon system can deploy and operate forward with a full-sized, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier’s speed, endurance, agility, and the combat capability of its air wing.
“I could not be more proud of our sailors; this crew displayed a phenomenal amount of resiliency and proficiency during each phase of our operational development,” said Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer. “The crew’s efforts are what make Warship 78 so great, and I can’t wait to be a part of what this mighty warship and her crew achieve in 2022.”
Since USS Langley’s commissioning 100 years ago, the nation’s aircraft carriers, such as Ford, and embarked carrier air wings have projected power, sustained sea control, bolstered deterrence, provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and maintained enduring commitments worldwide. Gerald R. Ford represents a generational leap in the aircraft carrier’s capacity to project power on a global scale.
“The aircraft carrier is our U.S. Navy’s centerpiece, our flagship, and a constant reminder to the rest of the world of our enduring maritime presence and influence,” said Rear Arm. James P. Downey, USN, Program Executive Officer (PEO) Aircraft Carriers. “These ships touch every part of our Navy’s mission to project power, ensure sea control, and deter our adversaries.”
Serving in the Navy means Scott is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The Navy’s forward deployed sea power is a show of force and we’ve been able to sustain a length of sea power for many years,” said Scott. “Providing national security and that physical presence, wherever you go–it’s a statement.”
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
Scott and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I’d been in about seven months and stationed at Naval Weapon Station Yorktown,” said Scott. “I was able to create the Harbor Security Program and assist the base in passing their first ever final evaluation problem assessment. We were also awarded as the region’s best port operations maintenance program, I’m very proud of those accomplishments.”
As Scott 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 being able to hold yourself to a higher level of responsibly,” added Scott. “Not only for your country, but for those who work directly with you. You need to make sure they are making a difference in their lives too.”