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Bayonne native serves in U.S. Navy in Japan

Seaman Javon Sims (Courtesy: U.S. Navy)

One of Bayonne’s very own alumni is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown in Sasebo, Japan.

Seaman Javon Sims graduated from Bayonne High School in 2016.

Sims serves as a culinary specialist aboard the ship and is responsible for operating and managing Navy messes and living quarters established to accommodate Navy personnel.

“Serving in the Navy means that I can do something that means more than myself while helping myself at the same time,” said Sims.

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

A spokesman for the U.S. Navy says sea duty is inherently arduous and challenging, but it builds strong fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the crew. The crew is highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“This command shows that they care for you personally and I love being able to work in that environment,” said Sims.