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Green man serving with U.S. Navy

7/31/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy
BANGOR, Wash. — Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew MacDonald, shown at right, a culinary specialist from Green, is serving aboard the USS Alabama (SSBN 731) Blue Crew in the U.S. Navy.

According to Navy officials, the USS Alabama is a ballistic missile submarine. Often referred to as “boomers,” ballistic missile submarines serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to Navy officials. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles if directed by the president. The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major overhauls. On average, the submarines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in port for maintenance.

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