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    Royal, Virginia, native serves aboard USS Shiloh

    AT SEA


    Story by Ensign Luke Lanham 

    USS Shiloh

    EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 7, 2020) – A Virginia native is protecting cyber security in the Indo-Pacific in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser, USS Shiloh.

    Petty Officer Third Class Ryan Lavey is an Information System Technician serving aboard the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.

    Approximately 300 men and women serve aboard the ship. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. They do everything from maintaining gas turbine engines and operating highly sophisticated Aegis weapons system to driving the ship and operating small boats.

    Navy Information Systems Technicians are specialists at ensuring off-ship connectivity and protecting the ship’s cyber security.

    “Being an IT creates different situations throughout the day,” said Lavey. “At one time you may have to fix communications with shoreside or protect the ship from harmful cyber threats.”

    With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and 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.

    “Forward-Deployed isn’t the easiest but I definitely have a great deal more experience than the average Sailor.” Said Lavey. “I am looking forward to taking my skills to my next command.”

    Sailors serving abroad in Japan are highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions, explained Navy officials.

    “Being overseas in Japan is an experience I never thought I would get to have.” Said Lavey. “It’s completely different from the states and to have such a shock as far as culture was something I desperately needed.”

    A Navy cruiser 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, and small arms.

    Sailors play a vital role in the overall military mission around the world.

    Shiloh is operating as part of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of its allies and partners in the region.

    For more information on USS Shiloh and other forward-deployed ships in Japan, visit



    Date Taken: 10.07.2020
    Date Posted: 10.07.2020 00:22
    Story ID: 380395
    Location: AT SEA

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