A Richmond Hill native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Altis, a 2017 Richmond Hill High School graduate, joined the Navy four years ago.
“I joined because I wanted to jumpstart my life,” said Altis. “The Navy provides me with free college and healthcare, and many more benefits for both my wife and son.”
According to Altis, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Richmond Hill.
“I learned a lot about work ethic and working hard, and I had many great mentors along the way,” said Altis.
Fast, maneuverable and technically advanced, submarines are some of the most versatile ships in the Navy, capable of silently conducting a variety of missions around the world.
Serving in the Navy means Altis is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The Navy shows that we can go out and get the job done,” said Altis. “When duty calls, we are there.”
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
“What our undersea forces accomplish every day is vitally important to our nation’s defense,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, Submarine Forces. “Our Submarine Force is a critical part of global maritime security and the nation’s nuclear triad. Every day, our submariners are at the tip of the spear, forward deployed and ready - from the depths, we strike!”
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Altis, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.
“Submarines aren't for the light-hearted, but you build a strong brotherhood and a lot of pride comes along with that,” added Altis.
Story by Lt. Omari Faulkner, Navy Office of Community Outreach