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Cleveland native supports ‘Silent Service’

May 25, 2018 GMT

A 2007 Halton City High School graduate and Cleveland, Texas, native is serving in the U.S. Navy supporting nuclear-powered, fast-attack, submarines homeported in and visiting the Groton, Conn. area.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Shaw is a hospital corpsman.

A Navy hospital corpsman is responsible for seeing sick people and providing medical care.

“I am able to handle the Navy mostly because my grandparents and father were hard working people,” said Shaw. “They taught me to appreciate the little things.”

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

Naval Submarine Support Center, New London (NSSCNLON) provides administrative and support functions to approximately 20 submarines. The command provides support in the fields of: administration, medical, legal, chaplain, supply, combat systems, engineering, communications, and operations to improve readiness of submarines in the Groton area.

Attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. Their primary tactical advantage is stealth, operating undetected under the sea for long periods of time.

“The U.S. Navy submarine force has one of the highest operational tempos in the U.S. Navy and Naval Submarine Support Center, New London plays a vital role in helping Groton-based submarines maintain their excellent readiness,” said CDR. Brian J. Nowak, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Center, New London. “The warfighters operating the submarines at the tip of the spear, and those who are building the Navy’s newest nuclear powered submarines can only do so because of the vast network of support they receive from the shore side. The professional Sailors and civilians at Naval Submarine Support Center, New London serve a key role in that network. I am honored that I get to serve every day with outstanding Sailors like Shaw.”

According to Navy officials, because of the demanding environment aboard submarines, personnel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation.

The submarine community is an all-volunteer force, which has some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy.

Supporting the high operational tempo and unique challenges of the submarine force build strong fellowship and a strong sense of mission, according to Navy officials.

“(Joining the Navy) is like having family away from home,” added Shaw. When you are so far away, you have people that care about you and are there for you.”