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    East Meadow, New York native serves aboard USS Halsey

    AT SEA


    Courtesy Story

    Destroyer Squadron 15

    SOUTH CHINA SEA— An East Meadow native and East Meadow High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Halsey.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Exavier Munozpolanco is an Information Systems Technician, serving aboard USS Halsey homeported out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Halsey is underway in 7th Fleet conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to the forward deployed Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15.

    Approximately 300 men and women serve aboard the ship. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. Information Systems Technicians are responsible for a myriad of tasks day in and day out. While operating in 7th Fleet their most important job is ensuring Halsey maintains all network and communication 24/7.

    “The thing I enjoy about my rate is the versatility of how our equipment integrates with almost every single part of the ship,” said Munozpolanco. “ITs are vital to sending and receiving any communications on our ship.”

    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.

    Forward-deployed Sailors are crucial to the success of the global navy mission and earn high praise from their leaders.

    “I love that we are able to experience so many different things and visit unique places,” said Munozpolanco. “Crossing the equator three times within the same year is something many others may not have the opportunity to do.”

    A U.S. Navy destroyer is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea. The ship is equipped with a vertical launching system, tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and Phalanx close-in weapons systems.

    Halsey is underway conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force..

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    Date Taken: 08.26.2020
    Date Posted: 08.30.2020 23:51
    Story ID: 377109
    Location: AT SEA
    Hometown: EAST MEADOW, NY, US

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