WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN (Nov.10, 2017) – A Pinesville, La. native and 2013 Pinesville High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Mustin (DDG 89).
Seaman Jules Gingras is a Culinary Specialist aboard the forward-deployed destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. Mustin is one of the eight destroyers forward-deployed to Yokosuka.
A Culinary Specialist is responsible to provide the crew with three meals a day and supports ship events, including holidays and Moral, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) events with special desserts and meals.
“If you apply yourself you will be rewarded,” said Gingras. “Hard work always pays off when you are in the Navy.”
With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interest in this part of the world.
“Our alliance is rooted in shared interest and shared values,” said Adm. Harry Harris Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. “It’s not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, It also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom.”
Approximately 300 men and women serve aboard the ship. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. They do everything from maintaining gas turbine engines and operating the highly sophisticated Aegis weapons system to driving the ship and operating small boats.
Forward-deployed Sailors are crucial to the success of the global navy mission and earn high praise from their leaders.
“The opportunity to experience the food and the people is something you can only get when forward-deployed,” said Gingras.
Sailors serving aboard in Japan are highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions, explained Navy officials.
“It’s definitely a different experience being at the head of everything,” said Gingras. “It’s good
to know that you always have someone’s back and they always have yours.”
A navy destroyer is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as a part of a larger
group of ships at sea. The ship equipped with a vertical launching system, tomahawk missiles,
torpedoes, guns and Phalanx close-in weapons systems.
Sailors play a vital role in the overall military mission around the world.
“The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-
Pacific,” said Harris.