Experience Life Aboard A State-Of-The-Art Missile Cruiser

We’ve all seen this type of news piece before. It’s usually a “fluff” piece, an opportunity for a local news personality to get a little real life experience of what our military do on a daily basis. But this one had a slightly different wrinkle.

The news anchor in this piece was also visiting a life long friend who was serving on the USS Anzio (CG-68), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, named after the famous beach landing on the west coast of Italy during WWII. That fact gives this news piece a deeper, more personal touch.

Just take the short time to watch this video and you will be deeply impressed and, yes, even moved, by the dignity, the character and the willingness to serve in each one of the sailors you will meet in it.

Life aboard a missile cruiser isn't all about adventure on the high seas.

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Life aboard a missile cruiser isn’t all about adventure on the high seas.

The average age of these sailors on the USS Anzio is 27. Each one of them have the responsibility for individual, critical operations of every kind to operate this complex warship and its weapons systems. Each one shares a common duty to the ship, to the mission and to the nation they serve. You will see that each one of them has a practiced confidence in their abilities, and yet, a quality of humility that is both refreshing and inspiring.

Sailors must make do in tight quarters.

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Sailors must make do in tight quarters.

Each of these men and women also have their family lives at home as well. They are separated from those families for the often long lengths of their deployments, separated from the common pleasures and experiences of family life that all of us back here at home enjoy without thinking about them. They feel those separations dearly, yet they also know that what they are doing is a calling of great and unquestionable importance. They do it willingly for us, for all of us. They deserve our thanks, our support and our commitment to them and their families. We must never forget their families, for they too serve and sacrifice along with their Navy husbands, wives, sisters and brothers.

These large ships are like floating cities.

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These large ships are like floating cities.

Watch this and you too will be taken by their dignity and by the knowledge that such good people are standing guard 24/7/365 and keeping us safe, ensuring our ability to enjoy the freedoms and responsibilities that this country offers to us.

The Veterans Site sends it thanks to all who serve and who have served in the United States Navy around the world. Your service is not forgotten. We are humbled by your dedication to duty, your courage and your humble willingness to sacrifice so much for the greater good. You humble us all. Much respect!

We wish you all, “Fair Winds and Following Seas!”

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.
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