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W. Mich. native part of historic maritime exercise

By Jackson Brown, U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach • Jul 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A 2015 Muskegon High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Seaman David Currence is a culinary specialist aboard the USS Carl Vinson, currently operating out of San Diego. A Navy culinary specialist is responsible for controlling the customer service and quality of food on the ship.

Currence applies the lessons learned from growing up in West Michigan to working in the Navy.

“I learned to work hard and to work for what I want to achieve,” he said.

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 participating nations and forces in RIMPAC 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 gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

RIMPAC 2018 runs July 27 through Aug. 2. 

“I'm looking forward to seeing what the environment is like at sea working with our allies,” Currence said. "This is a major exercise, so I'm looking forward to seeing how our ship will work during it."

Currence says he knows that he is part of a legacy that will last beyond his lifetime providing the Navy the nation needs.

“I've come to realize just how much drive I have to succeed, and the Navy has shown me that,” he said. “Serving in the Navy really means I'm a part of a bigger mission that the Navy serves. We're a huge impact in a lot of people's lives — not only back home, but all over the world.”

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