Saturday , 21 October 2017

Navy Promotes ’11 MHS Graduate to Operations Specialist Petty Officer Aboard USS Mahan

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The US Department of the Navy announced the advancement of Trenton A. Rath to the rating of OperationsSpecialist Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5). Rath, 21, is a McKinney High School graduate Class of 2011. He is the son of Curtis and Tracy Rath, longtime McKinney residents.

Rath enlisted into the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) of the Navy through Navy Recruiting Station, McKinney in February 2011 and was assigned to the USS Mahan, home ported in Norfolk, VA on December 31, 2011.

USS MAHAN (DDG 72) was constructed by Bath Iron Works and was commissioned in the United States Navy in Tampa, Florida on 14 February 1998. USS MAHAN is the twenty-second ARLEIGH BURKE Class Destroyer and the first Flight II variant.

Mission

USS MAHAN is capable of operating independently or as part of a Strike Group. MAHAN’s physical construction employs elements of stealth technology and is equipped with the latest weaponry to combat air, surface and subsurface threats. Additionally, she carries a communications suite that allows instantaneous voice communications and data transfer anywhere in the world. Over 225 miles of electrical cable were installed during construction.

MAHAN is operated by Commander Zoah Scheneman, who had previously served as Executive Officer as well as a talented and well-trained crew of 30 Officers and 250 Enlisted Sailors.

Most of these Sailors work in either the Combat Systems, Weapons, Supply, Operations or Engineering Department. The dedication and hard work of each of these Sailors keeps MAHAN in peak condition, ready to accomplish every mission the ship is called upon to perform.

USS Mahan is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility to participate in Ballistic Missile Defense operations.

Pictured —At top is OS2 Rath accepting his promotion with Commander Zoah Scheneman, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Mahan; Above right, is the USS Mahan

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