Maysville native serves aboard Navy warship in Norfolk

Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Miller is an operations specialist aboard the USS Kearsarge. NORFOLK, Va – A Maysville, native and 2015 Mason County High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Kearsarge.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Miller is an operations specialist aboard the amphibious transport dock operating out of Norfolk.

Kearsarge, one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious ships, is designed to deliver Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts.

A Navy operations specialist is responsible for tracking surface and air contacts around the ship and supporting navigation.

“I was in the JROTC in high school,” Miller said. “I learned bearing, community involvement and how to lead. Everyone knew each other. I traded one small community for another on the ship.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Kearsarge. More than 400 men and women make up the ship’s crew, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly, from handling weaponry to maintaining the engines. An additional 700 Marines can be embarked. USS Kearsarge is capable of transporting Marines and landing them where they are needed via helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and landing craft.

“The success of our Surface Force ships is measured by our ability to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and to project that power ashore where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “It’s hard work to ready ships for combat operations at sea – it takes the talent of an entire crew working well together. I’m extremely proud of the each and every surface warrior’s contributions to the Navy’s enduring mission of protecting and defending America, at home and around the world.”

These amphibious transport dock ships support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice.

Miller has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.

Miller’s proudest accomplishment was earning her surface and aviation warfare qualifications early.