Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin L. Tinsley, son of Brenda and Danny Tinsley of Cleveland, assigned to Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., following a six-month deployment.
The crew conducted months of specialized training prior to deployment. The training prepared USS New Hampshire to operate in some of the world's most complex operating environments.
USS New Hampshire departed for deployment March 13 and conducted maritime security and theater security cooperation efforts in the 6th Fleet area of operations. During their six-month deployment, while the USS New Hampshire steamed 36, 000 nautical miles, the sailors received many qualifications and promotions.
While on deployment, USS New Hampshire connected with fourth and fifth-graders from Heritage Elementary in Saline, Mich. Students from the Michigan elementary school sent nearly 200 letters to the crew of the attack submarine, which were read throughout the deployment. The letter exchange was launched prior to deployment between Ensign Patrick Coughlin, supply officer on board the USS New Hampshire, and his mother Lynne, who teaches at Heritage Elementary.
USS New Hampshire was delivered to the Navy Aug. 28, 2008, and then was commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Oct. 25, 2008.
Tinsley is a 1996 graduate of Bradley Central High School and joined the Navy in November 2006.
Keenan M. Gibby
Navy Seaman Keenan M. Gibby, son of Donna K. Petree of Cookeville, and Tommy G. Gibby of Cleveland recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Gibby completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
“Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.