Lynn Haven native serving country on warship on other side of world

Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Curran is from Lynn Haven but is currently serving in the Navy on the other side of the globe. (Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ward)

YOKOSUKA, Japan (WJHG/WECP) - A Lynn Haven native is serving his country by serving on a ship on the other side of the world.

“My home was destroyed by Hurricane Michael and I can’t be there to help them with the actual rebuilding but I know I'm helping them in some way being out here,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Curran said.

According to the Navy, Curran is walking in the footsteps of his parents by serving in the Navy. Both of his parents served in the Navy. He grew up as a homeschooled student in Lynn Haven.

Curran is currently serving aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam based out of Yokoauka, Japan.

“I’m responsible for the aegis computer systems on the ship,” said Curran.

According to the Navy, the USS Antietam patrols one of the world's busiest maritime regions as part of the leading-edge of U.S. 7th Fleet. The U.S. 7th Fleet spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the Kuril Islands to the Antarctic.

“It’s really high op-tempo out here and a lot of responsibility,” said Curran. “Being out here you never know what to expect.”

The Navy says Curran serves with about 300 men and women on the ship.

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