KIEL, Germany – Petty Officer 3rd Class Nael Jean-Jacques, a native of Roselle, New Jersey, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations.“I’ll be doing mostly watchstanding during BALTOPS,” said Jean-Jacques. “I’m excited to be working with the foreign nations.”
BALTOPS 2019, scheduled for June 8-21, includes sea, air and land assets. The multi-national exercise provides a unique training opportunity that fosters cooperative relationships critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. According to U.S. Navy officials, it is designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region.
Jean-Jacques is a logistics specialist aboard the USS Fort McHenry, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
“My main responsibilities on the ship are issuing repair parts to my command so that people can keep up with maintenance,” Jean-Jacques said. “I also receive mail for personnel onboard.”
Fort McHenry is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship named for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the 1814 defense of which inspired The Star-Spangled Banner. Whidbey Island class ships have the largest capacity for landing crafts of any U.S. Navy amphibious platform. Jean-Jacques credits his success in the Navy to lessons he learned growing up in Roselle.
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