(PEARL HARBOR) — Seaman Courtney Hardy, a torpedoman’s mate from Missouri City, Texas and 2011 graduate of Thurgood Marshall High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s newest and most technologically sophisticated submarines, the Hawaii-based USS Texas (SSN 775).
USS Texas (SSN 775) is a nuclear-powered attack submarine, protecting and defending America on the world’s oceans. Tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that, and they are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.
Attack submarines are designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes. They also carry cruise missiles with conventional high-explosive warheads to attack enemy shore facilities. They also conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, mine laying and support special operations. Its protective cloak of stealth and unlimited endurance allows it to maneuver with impunity, even in the most sensitive forward areas. It can transit at high speeds, undetected, independent of sea state, and arrive on station ready for action.
And it is lethal… against enemy submarines, surface ships, and critical targets ashore.
(U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward/Released)
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