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Charleston, S.C. native returns from overseas deployment
10/19/2016 12:59:44 PM

Jordan Wilder
By Petty Officer Jamal McNeill, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

(SAN DIEGO) – A 2015 Ashley Ridge High School Graduate and Charleston, South Carolina native recently returned to the United States from an overseas deployment with the largest amphibious warship in the Navy.

Seaman Jordan Wilder, is an operations specialist serving aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4), based in San Diego, California.

As an operations specialist, Wilder is responsible for keeping a geographical picture of all air, sea and land contacts when the ship is out to sea; which determines if they are friendly or a threat

“I like the fact that my job allows me to work with other people who have a variety of jobs,” said Wilder. “We get to come together to complete a common mission as one team.”

Boxer is an amphibious assault ship that resembles a small aircraft carrier. When deployed overseas, it is designated as the flagship of Combined Task Force 151, the international anti-piracy task force pursuing pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Boxer is famous for playing a critical role in the rescue mission of Capt. Richard Phillips on April 12, 2009. U.S. Navy SEALS and other special operations forces from USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) rescued Phillips who was later transferred to Boxer for medical evaluation and care. This successful rescue mission was portrayed in the 2103 movie, “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, and featuring crewmembers from the USS Boxer.

The ship is armed with two semi-active radar-guided NATO Sea Sparrow missile systems (NSSMS) for anti-air warfare protection, two rolling airframe missile (RAM) systems and two Phalanx close-in weapon-system (CIWS) mounts to counter threats from low-flying aircraft and close-in small craft. It’s 844 feet long 106 feet wide, displaces more than 40,000 tons, and reaches speeds in excess of 23 miles per hour.

As a member of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship, Wilder said she is proud to be part of most capable amphibious force in the world.

“Being deployed on this ship has allowed me to build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds," said Wilder.

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied at sea, according to Navy officials. More than 1,000 crewmembers keep the ship running smoothly, which includes everything from maintaining engines, handling weapons, and flying aircraft.

Serving in the Navy, Wilder is learning about being a more responsible leader, and sailor through handling numerous responsibilities. The recent deployment offered the opportunity to experience cultures from around the world.

“The Navy has humbled me a lot,” said Wilder. “I am a lot more appreciative of the opportunities that my country provides. It's given me more respect for my country.”

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