Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Angell. (U.S. Navy photo)
NORFOLK (April 2, 2016)—A 2010 Huntingtown High School graduate and Huntingtown, Maryland native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Angell is a firecontrolman aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.
A Navy firecontrolman is responsible for maintaining the displays for combat systems.
"I like that my job keeps me busy," said Angell. "I have a strong pride taking care of my equipment."
Commissioned in 1997, the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan, is 844 feet long. The ship is named in honor of the defense of the Bataan Peninsula during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name.
Bataan, one of the largest of all amphibious warfare ships, resembles a small aircraft carrier. It is equipped with a mix of helicopters and attack aircraft, launchers and machine guns and an extensive medical facility with 600 hospital beds.
"I have the best job in the entire world," says Capt. J.C. Carter, commanding officer of the USS Bataan. "Every day, I get to work the best young Americans that our country has to offer! They have endured long deployments and they have engaged the enemy successfully! It is an honor to serve alongside the next greatest generation!"
Approximately 70 officers and 1000 enlisted men and women make up the ship's company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the amphibious assault ship running smoothly. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
"I love working with the people in my crew on this ship," said Angell. "There is a great camaraderie here."
Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a ship, the challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied upon assets, Angell and other Bataan sailors know they are part of a legacy that will be last beyond their lifetimes.
"Since joining the Navy, I have learned to be a self starter and how to be a better leader," said Angell.
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