KILLINGWORTH — A town resident is serving aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy, according to the Navy.
Machinist Mate 2nd Class Blake Knockwood is a member of the “visit, board, search, and seizure team,” aboard the Normandy, the Navy said.
The team “executes tactical movements through the ship during a VBSS drill that enhances their proven capability to seize or retake vessels at sea,” according to the Navy.
Further, the “Normandy is part of the East Coast Surface Action Group and is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.”
The Normandy was commissioned on Dec. 9, 1989, and is the third Bath, Maine built Aegis Cruiser and the 14th ship of the Ticonderoga class, according to the Navy website. The vessel “is named after the allied invasion of Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944,” the site notes. “The armada that conducted the invasion consisted of 702 warships protecting 9000 ships and landing craft. The invasion shifted the tide of WWII in favor of the allies,” and, as Normandy’s is “Vanguard of Victory,” “her crew is known as the Vanguardmen.”
Last year, Business Insider reported Normandy was there when “Some 50,000 troops and thousands of vehicles are ranging across Norway and the Norwegian and Baltic seas for NATO's exercise Trident Juncture, which officials have said is the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War.”
In Killingworth, Knockwood is a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, the organization’s website says.
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