JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – A 1997 Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate and Lugoff, South Carolina native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Michael Murphy.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Drew is an electronics technician aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
A Navy electronics technician is responsible for the repair and maintenance of radios, radar, navigation systems, and communication equipment.
“I enjoy working with the diverse group of people to accomplish a group goal,” said Drew. “Michael Murphy is one of the newer destroyers. It is humbling to work at a command for whom the namesake of the ship had personally accomplished so much, in such a short time.”
USS Michael Murphy, measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve more than 30 mph in open seas.
According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.
“Our Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific guided-missile destroyers are poised, trained, equipped and ready to deploy forward and support the Fleet,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “Working with friends and allies, our MIDPAC sailors provide sea control, advance maritime security, enhance regional stability, and foster continued prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from maintaining engines and handling weaponry to washing dishes and preparing meals.
“My family gets to enjoy Hawaii,” said Drew. “I like the ports of the Pacific based Navy and the areas in which we travel.”
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
“By serving in the Navy I am bettering the United States and our interests abroad,” said Drew.
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