Newport native onboard missile destroyer in Philippines

PHILIPPINE SEA  U.S. Navy Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Scottie Hicks, from Newport, Tenn., is participating in a combat systems training team evolution aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73).

Decatur, part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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