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Sailor from Guam serves aboard aircraft carrier

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Airman and George Washington High School graduate Thespian Perampalam, from Sinajana, is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Thespian Perampalam
Perampalam works as an aviation boatswain’s mate aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today, according to a Navy press release.

Aviation boatswain’s mates are the sailors responsible for launching and recovering naval aircraft quickly and safely from land or ships. This includes aircraft handling, fire fighting, and salvage and rescue operations.

“I like the responsibility of moving aircraft and driving the equipment on the hangar bay,” Perampalam said, in the Navy press release.

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Eisenhower.

Approximately 3,200 men and women make up the ship’s company, and they keep all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly. They do everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors, according to the Navy.

Another 2,000 sailors comprise the air wing, the people who fly and maintain the aircraft aboard the ship.

Eisenhower is a self-contained mobile airport and strike platform, often the first response to a global crisis because of an aircraft carrier’s ability to operate freely in international waters anywhere on the world’s oceans, according to the Navy.

“People here take care of each other,” said Perampalam. “Whenever someone is in need of assistance, we help them out.”