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St. Marys native serves U.S. Navy on cutting edge of surface warfare innovation

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Bobier is a native of St. Marys. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno)

NEWPORT, R.I. — Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Bobier, a native of St. Marys, joined the Navy to continue a family tradition.

“My father was an electronics technician in the Navy, and both grandfathers served in the Navy as well,” said Bobier.

Now, 19 years later, Bobier is part of the most innovative tactics as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), located in Newport, Rhode Island.

“I love the ship handling and navigation sections, and especially the lessons on leading bridge teams,” he said.

According to Bobier, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in St. Marys.

“When I got my first job at the local Shop and Save, my dad told me to work to put my boss out of a job,” he said. “That’s been my mentality ever since, and as a result, I’ve been able to advance each time I’ve been eligible, starting from when I was an undesignated deck seaman.”

Bobier is at the school where naval officers learn to serve as surface warfare officers.

“I’m responsible for the navigation curriculum here at SWOS, so I ensure we’re teaching safe ship handling and navigation correctly throughout the fleet,” he said. “That helps ensure the safety of our sailors who are operating on our ships.”

The mission of SWOS is to ready sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants to fulfill the Navy’s mission maintaining global maritime superiority.

Once service members finish training they are deployed around the world, putting their skill set to work aboard Navy ships, such as aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, amphibious warfare ships, mine warfare ships and littoral combat ships.

“I love it when … a brand new sailor comes on board and I’m able to watch how they grow both as a sailor and a person,” he said. “I absolutely love it when I get calls years later from sailors I’ve led, telling me they’ve advanced, completed school or completed their qualifications.”

The future of surface warfare is rapidly changing, according to Navy officials, so the course and materials at SWOS are constantly evolving to create the most dynamic, lethal, safe and professional warfighting team for the Navy the nation needs.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities and capacity.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” said Gilday. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”

As Bobier and other surface warriors continue to train, they take pride serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving for me means giving back to this country,” said Bobier. “We are truly blessed to live in the United States, and I am proud to serve and protect our way of life.”

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