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July 3, 2018 > Hayward native serves on U.S. Navy destroyer

Hayward native serves on U.S. Navy destroyer

Submitted By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Green

Hayward,ÿCalifornia, native andÿ2014ÿHayward High Schoolÿgraduate Dustin Diamond is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Decatur. Petty Officer 2nd ClassÿDiamondÿis aÿdamage controlmanÿaboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego. A Navyÿdamage controlmanÿis responsible forÿtraining the crew in firefighting, flooding and shoring as well chemical, biological and radiological defense measures.

Diamondÿcredits his success in the Navy to lessons learned growing up in Hayward. ?I learned early on the importance of being able to motivate yourself. There has to be motivation to complete the job even is someone isn't watching.?

?The success of the Decatur is due to the dedication and ownership each member of the crew feels towards making Decatur the best ship on the waterfront,? said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, commanding officer of USS Decatur.

Destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. They are 510 feet long and armed with tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, Standard Missile-3 and newer variants of the SM missile family, advanced gun systems and close-in gun systems. Destroyers are deployed globally and can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious readiness groups. The ship has anti-aircraft capability armed with long range missiles intended for air defense to counter the threat to friendly forces posed by manned aircraft, anti-ship, cruise and tactical ballistic missiles.

Serving aboard a guided missile destroyer instills accountability and toughness and fosters initiative and integrity. ?Serving my country is something that I have always wanted to do and I am proud and honored that I get to do so,? addedÿDiamond.

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