SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – An alumni of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation in Cebu City, Philippines, is serving aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).
Petty Officer 1st Class Frietz L. Tallo is a ship’s serviceman aboard the forward-deployed ship, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the second commissioned vessel of its name. The destroyer was named in honor of the naval service of both John S. McCain Sr. and his son John S. McCain Jr. whom both obtained the rank of admiral in the Navy.
Measuring 505 feet long, with a draft of 30.5 feet, and a beam reaching 67 feet, and with a complement of more than 260 Sailors, McCain is forward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, and currently underway on a routine patrol of the South China Sea.
“I have been in the Navy for almost 11 years,” said Tallo. “But, have only been aboard McCain for two months.”
Even with the short time aboard the McCain, there is no shortage of responsibilities for Tallo.
While deployed, Tallo oversees a division of Sailors that maintain a variety of ship’s needs for the crew ranging from a ship store, vending machines, ship’s laundry and a barbershop. Many of these contribute directly to the morale of the crew.
Unlike many jobs aboard the ship where Sailors stay stationary at one station, you could find Tallo in various parts of the ship overseeing daily operations while mentoring his Sailors on how to conduct themselves both in their duties and professionally. Bettering his Sailors is something he prioritizes.
“I want to make sure my guys are successful,” said Tallo. “Helping them [the Sailors in his division] get qualifications and certifications will help them throughout their careers.”
When asked what his greatest accomplishment was Tallo responded proudly. “I am proud to have been able to make rank while serving in the Navy,” said Tallo. “It has also been great to see so much of the world.”
McCain, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is on patrol in the South China Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.