Zebulon Native Serves in Japan Aboard Forward-Deployed Ship

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thedoore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach • September 2017

Zebulon native Seaman Carolina Ramirez

Seaman Carolina Ramirez
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

A 2015 East Wake High School graduate and Zebulon, N.C. native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown. Seaman Carolina Ramirez is serving aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

A Navy seaman is responsible for maintaining the material readiness of the ship.

“The best part about being undesignated is that I can familiarize myself with various rates, more than your average sailor can, so when I strike I will be well prepared,” said Ramirez.

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 U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.

“Our alliance is rooted in shared interests and shared values,” said Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Commander. “It’s not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, it also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom.”

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

“I love the fact that everyone here at this command is so nice and they really help you a lot, the people here do not let you down, they have your back,” said Ramirez.

Sea duty is inherently arduous and challenging but it builds strong fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the crew. The crew is highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“Serving in the Navy means that I can fight for my country and at the same time the Navy is making me a better overall person,” said Ramirez.

The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part a long-standing commitment.

“The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Harris.