Petty Officer 2nd Class Felipe Avila-Groesbeck, a 2018 Muskegon High School graduate, joined the Navy three years ago. Now he's part of the US Navy's "Silent Service" on a nuclear-powered submarine.

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Avila-Groesbeck serves as an electronics technician whose responsibilities include maintaining and operating electronics systems on the boat.

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Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world part of U.S. national security.

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Avila-Groesbeck said of growing up in Muskegon,

"My hometown taught me that you get what you get. You don't always get a fair shake, but you keep on trucking. That's very useful in the Navy."

He added,

"The Navy offered me a chance to fulfill a childhood dream of serving on a submarine. I watched movies about subs growing up, and it really interested me.”

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There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines, ballistic-missile submarines and guided-missile submarines.

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Avila-Groesbeck serves on a ballistic sub. Often referred to as "boomers," these submarines serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles.

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The USS Wyoming is based at Kings Bay Base in Georgia.

Rear Adm. John Spencer, Commander, Submarine Group Ten commented,

"We do two big things here in King’s Bay: we send SSBNs on Strategic Deterrence Patrols and we forward deploy our guided missile submarines overseas. This work is essential to uphold the number one mission of the Navy: strategic deterrence. And this is the only home port for both of these types of submarines on the East Coast."

 

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