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    Sutton, Massachusetts Native Supports Submarine Forces in U.S. 7th Fleet

    Sutton, Mass. Native Supports Submarine Forces in U.S. 7th Fleet

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Baley | YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 29, 2022) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matthew Duggan poses...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Baley 

    Commander, Submarine Group Seven

    YOKOSUKA, Japan - Every job that involves electronics is going to need people that know how to maintain and fix that equipment, and the military is no exception. The Navy’s Electronics Technicians (ET) are specialists in repairing and maintaining the Navy’s electronics and are an essential part of any staff or ship.

    Electronics Technician 2nd Class Matthew Duggan, from Sutton, Massachusetts, joined the Navy in May, 2016 to gain military experience for a job in the future. Duggan said he didn’t originally want to be an ET, but decided to take it up to expand his skillset.

    “A skill is a skill,” he said, “and I think it actually worked out, because even though I don’t like electronics, I really like how being an ET makes me think-- being able to solve things and look at things from a different point of view.”

    According to Duggan, working at CSG 7 helped him grow by expanding his views and thinking through challenges further.

    “I’ve had a lot of administrative challenges,” said Duggan. “It’s a different perspective. Instead of being a workhorse, now I have to work administratively and think critically and take on more leadership roles, which is nice.”

    Besides the experience he’s gained at work, Duggan said he really loves being in Japan.

    “I love the country,” he said. “The food is fantastic, and every time we go out, my wife and I just have a ton of fun, even if it’s a place we’ve already been to. I think the country is interesting and peaceful.”

    After he finishes his tour at CSG 7, Duggan said he’s thinking about joining the Navy Reserve and going home, using his military experience to help him find a good job.

    Submarine Group 7 is responsible for coordinating a diverse fleet of submarines, surface ships and aircraft deployed to the Western Pacific and the Middle East; two forward-deployed submarine tenders and five attack submarines homeported in Guam; Submarine Squadron 21 in Bahrain; five ocean surveillance ships when tasked for theater anti-submarine warfare operations, and two oceanographic survey vessels. Under CSG 7 are two task forces: CTF 74 and CTF 54, which provide theater anti-submarine warfare support from the Red Sea to the International Date Line.

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    Date Taken: 08.29.2022
    Date Posted: 09.15.2022 01:38
    Story ID: 428286
    Hometown: SUTTON, MA, US

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