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2 Chandler natives serving with historic Navy 7th Fleet

May 27th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
2 Chandler natives serving with historic Navy 7th Fleet
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Two Chandler natives are serving the U.S. Navy halfway around the world in Sasebo, Japan.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ari Dehghani, a 2012 Dobson High School graduate, is a gas systems turbine electrical technician with the forward-deployed Naval Beach Unit 7, while 2017 Hamilton High grad Fireman Tysen Pao is aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior.

Dehghani operates, repairs and performs organizational and intermediate maintenance on electrical components of gas turbine engines, main propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment, propulsion control systems and assigned electrical and electronic circuitry up to the printed circuit and alarm warning circuitry.

Proud to be serving in the Pacific, he fondly recalls memories of Chandler.

“Growing up I learned that everyone has something different to offer,” said Dehghani. “Everyone in the Navy comes from someplace different.”

Dehghani received the Navy Achievement Medal for his last tour.

With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the U.S. “has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment,” a Navy spokesman said.

Commissioned in August 2012, Naval Beach Unit 7 was formed to combine the three forward-deployed naval forces detachments in Japan.

Personnel from the command are responsible for manning and operating either the landing craft or managing landing operations from the beach.

“NBU 7 landing craft serve an important function for the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet in being able to move personnel and equipment from ship to shore,” the Navy said.

But it also requires a lot more.

“Being forward-deployed is fast-paced, and it gives me the mentality of always being ready. I enjoy this mindset,” said Dehghani “The Navy made me a lot more mature. The first time I ever got promoted in a job was in the Navy.”

“Serving in the Navy means doing what you have to do to meet the mission and getting your job done in the most efficient way possible while protecting our country, friends and families,” he added.

Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South.

Its operations encompass 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.

Pao is aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, operating out of Sasebo. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships and be ready to respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.

His responsibilities include operating and maintaining diesel engines and reduction gears used for ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery.

“Being able to follow orders and listen is what I bring form my hometown to my Navy career,” said Pao.

With a crew of more than 80, Warrior is 224 feet long and weighs approximately 1,300 tons. Warrior is one of the Navy’s 11 Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships that are designed to neutralize mines from vital waterways and harbors.

There are four minesweepers in Sasebo that are on call to clear mines if necessary in the Indo-Pacific.

“I joined the Navy to be forward-deployed and fight for my country,” said Pao. “The Navy has taught me how to be more disciplined, respectful and has helped me with some leadership characteristics.”

“Serving in the Navy means giving the Navy a positive look and the whole of the United States a good, positive outlook,” he added.

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