“I’m excited,” he said. “The Navy is giving me an opportunity to do something outside the normal boundaries of my day-to-day duties.”
Corbin was chosen for the assignment because of his experience repairing automated weather stations.
“He has what it takes to get this weather station back on its feet,” said Boxer’s Chief Petty Officer Steven Newsom.
Corbin is expected to stay several days aboard ABOT before returning to Boxer.
Boxer is the flagship for USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group, currently operating in the Persian Gulf in support of U.S. 5th Fleet’s Maritime Security Operations. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the region and protect Iraq’s sea-based infrastructure, which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination.
Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of operation encompasses about 2.2 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, The Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.