Lawrenceville man serves aboard Navy aircraft carrier

Navy Seaman and Lawrenceville native Steven Young spends his days on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. (Special Photo)

Navy Seaman and Lawrenceville native Steven Young spends his days on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, currently dry-docked in Newport News, Va.

Young is one of up to 5,000 sailors who are aboard the ship. The crew of approximately 2,800 sailors keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly, including everything from launching and recovering aircraft to operating its nuclear propulsion plant. Another 2,000 Sailors are assigned to the ship’s embarked air wing, flying and maintaining aircraft aboard the ship.

“Being on a carrier is like being on a floating city,” Young said. “There is a diverse community of people from all different walks of life. Knowing that a carrier is the forefront of our nation’s defense gives me a great of sense of pride in my job.”

Young is a mass communication specialist responsible for photography, videography, journalism, graphic design and public affairs.

“What I like about my job the most is the interaction with other sailors and rates,” Young said. “We get a small glimpse and insight into every other rate and job aboard the ship. It helps me understand other sailors a lot better.”

A 2006 Collins Hill High School graduate, Young credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Lawrenceville.

“Growing up, I learned the importance of persistence and hard work,” Young said. “Working in a civilian work environment helped shape the way I look at things in the Navy.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Young is most proud of receiving his surface and air warfare qualifications.

“Getting these qualifications gave me a great sense of pride and accomplishment,” Young said. “When I see someone with both qualification pins, it’s evident they are knowledgeable in many different areas. It feels good that I was able to reach the personal goals that I set for myself.”

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