NORFOLK, Va. – Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Kristina Jolly, from Templeton, Mass., is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships, the Norfolk-based destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94).
USS Nitze (DDG 94) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, protecting and defending America on the world’s oceans.
Tens of thousands of young American men and women are deployed around the world doing just that, and they are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times. USS Nitze is longer than 1.5 football fields long at nearly 510 feet long. The ship is 66 feet wide and weighs more than 9,200 tons. Twin gas turbine engines can push the ship through the water at more than 30 mph. Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Nitze. Approximately 31 officers and 284 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the destroyer running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the engines.
“I am proud and amazed by the knowledge they display and the work my Sailors do every day,” said Cmdr. Michelle Nakamura, the ship’s commanding officer. “Many very young people, some with only months of experience in the Navy, stood ready to sail and fight our ship in any situation. They performed exceptionally each and every day of our 7-plus month deployment and they continue to excel here at home. Their professionalism, motivation and commitment to the Navy are genuinely inspiring.” (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joshua Treadwell/Released)