Area sailor fire fighter on cruiser

A 2003 Liverpool N.Y. High School graduate and Sheboygan native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS San Jacinto (CG 56).

Petty Officer 1st Class Austin Kramer is a hull technician aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.

A Navy hull technician is responsible for maintaining plumbing systems, fire fighting equipment, and welding repairs as well as training the crew in fire fighting procedures.

“I enjoy that my job allows me to train sailors,“ said Kramer. “I like to pass on the knowledge that I have gained to the junior sailors.“ Commissioned in January of 1988, the Ticonderoga-class guidedmissile cruiser, USS San Jacinto, also called San Jac, is 567 feet long; the length of more than 3 football fields. The ship is named after the Battle of San Jacinto, the battle of the Texas Revolution.

San Jac is a tactical multi-mission cruiser capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces and can operate independently or as the flagship of a surface action group. The ship is equipped with a vertical launching system, tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, 54 caliber guns and phalanx close-in weapons systems.

“The Sailors on board USS San Jacinto never cease to astound me with the effort they put into completing the mission on a daily basis,“ said Capt. Dennis Velez, commanding officer of USS San Jacinto. “Their hard work during our compressed and ever changing schedule makes me proud of each and every one of them.“

Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship's company.

Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

“Serving aboard the San Jacinto is like serving with an extended family,“ said Kramer. “I enjoy learning from the ones above me and teaching the ones below.“

Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a ship, the challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Kramer and other San Jac sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“The Navy has taught me patience, humility and a lot of leadership qualities,“ said Kramer.

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