Cambridge man takes part in war exercise

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jackson Brown Mass Communication Specialist Navy Office of Community Outreach Special to Dorchester Banner PEARL HARBOR – A 2003 Cambridge-South Dorchester High School graduate and Cambridge native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).  Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald Gross is a boatswain’s mate aboard USS John P. Murtha, currently operating out of San Diego.  A Navy boatswain’s mate is responsible for operating the ship’s crane, and supervising personnel in deck department.  Petty Officer Gross is looking forward to applying the lessons learned from Cambridge to working in the Navy.  “I learned that I can’t take anything for granted, and when there’s an opportunity available you have to take it,” said Officer Gross. “That’s helped me in the Navy.”  As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.  The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners,” according to Navy officials. The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.  “I’m looking forward to interacting with sailors from other nations, and seeing how they operate,” said Officer Gross.  This is the first time Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position.  This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair. Twenty-six nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.  As a member of the U.S. Navy, Officer Gross and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “I’ve learned that I’m much more of a leader than I thought I was. The Navy has shown me that I have the ability to step up and lead by example, and make sure people do the right thing,” said Officer Gross. “Serving in the Navy means a lot to me, because I get to carry on a family tradition. Also, the military has given me the opportunity to make my family proud and provide a brighter future for myself.”  Additional information about RIMPAC is available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil.

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jackson Brown
Mass Communication Specialist
Navy Office of Community Outreach
Special to Dorchester Banner
PEARL HARBOR – A 2003 Cambridge-South Dorchester High School graduate and Cambridge native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald Gross is a boatswain’s mate aboard USS John P. Murtha, currently operating out of San Diego.
A Navy boatswain’s mate is responsible for operating the ship’s crane, and supervising personnel in deck department.
Petty Officer Gross is looking forward to applying the lessons learned from Cambridge to working in the Navy.
“I learned that I can’t take anything for granted, and when there’s an opportunity available you have to take it,” said Officer Gross. “That’s helped me in the Navy.”
As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners,” according to Navy officials. The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.
“I’m looking forward to interacting with sailors from other nations, and seeing how they operate,” said Officer Gross.
This is the first time Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position.
This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair.
Twenty-six nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Officer Gross and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I’ve learned that I’m much more of a leader than I thought I was. The Navy has shown me that I have the ability to step up and lead by example, and make sure people do the right thing,” said Officer Gross. “Serving in the Navy means a lot to me, because I get to carry on a family tradition. Also, the military has given me the opportunity to make my family proud and provide a brighter future for myself.”
Additional information about RIMPAC is available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil.

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII – A 2003 Cambridge-South Dorchester High School graduate and Cambridge native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald Gross is a boatswain’s mate aboard USS John P. Murtha, currently operating out of San Diego.
A Navy boatswain’s mate is responsible for operating the ship’s crane, and supervising personnel in deck department.

Petty Officer Gross is looking forward to applying the lessons learned from Cambridge to working in the Navy.

“I learned that I can’t take anything for granted, and when there’s an opportunity available you have to take it,” said Officer Gross. “That’s helped me in the Navy.”

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners,” according to Navy officials. The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.

“I’m looking forward to interacting with sailors from other nations, and seeing how they operate,” said Officer Gross.

This is the first time Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position.

This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair.

Twenty-six nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Officer Gross and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“I’ve learned that I’m much more of a leader than I thought I was. The Navy has shown me that I have the ability to step up and lead by example, and make sure people do the right thing,” said Officer Gross. “Serving in the Navy means a lot to me, because I get to carry on a family tradition. Also, the military has given me the opportunity to make my family proud and provide a brighter future for myself.”

Additional information about RIMPAC is available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil.

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