Retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt Slabinski, the Navy’s most recent Medal of Honor recipient, visited the Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) Feb. 21. Slabinski received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan during the 2002 Battle of Robert’s Ridge, also known as the Battle of Takur Ghar.
Slabinski toured the ship, met with Hamilton’s sailors of the year and sailors of the quarter, and spoke with the wardroom and chief's mess. During his conversation with the ship’s chiefs and officers, Slabinski reflected upon the lessons in leadership and ownership he learned during his 25 years of naval service. He provided valuable insight and motivated the crew to continue accomplishing its mission.
Slabinski completed nine overseas deployments and 15 combat deployments, and served at multiple naval special warfare commands, including Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He served as the command master chief at Naval Special Warfare Group TWO before retiring in 2014.
Stationed in San Diego, Hamilton is the tenth Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS guided missile destroyer and is one of the most sophisticated and capable warships in the world. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, surface, antisubmarine, and cyber warfare.
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