SASEBO, Japan—A 2001 Effingham County High School graduate and Clyo native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard the only forward deployed amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sikeya Greene is a yeoman aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.
A Navy yeoman serves as an administrative assistant, responsible for multiple correspondence and open communications.
“The best part of my job is being able to assist people,” said Greene. “I like seeing a smile on the face of my customers.”
With more than 50 percent of the world's shipping tonnage and a third of the world's crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy's presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment.
With a crew of more than 1,000, Bonhomme Richard is 884 feet long and weighs approximately 40,000 tons. Resembling a small aircraft carrier, Bonhomme Richard is one of the largest of all amphibious warfare ships.
Bonhomme Richard is equipped with a mix of helicopters and attack aircraft, launchers and machine guns and an extensive medical facility with 600 hospital beds.
"The sailors in my crew never cease to amaze me with the effort they put into their daily work,” said Capt. Jeffrey A. Ward, commanding officer of USS Bonhomme Richard. “Their dedication and hard work make me proud to be in command of Bonhomme Richard and this crew.”
According to Navy officials, Bonhomme Richard sailors work rigorous hours filled with drills and training to assure that the ship is always mission ready.
“This is a fast-paced environment, so there is a sense accomplishment in completing the missions,” said Greene.
Navy officials explained that the unit is highly motivated, and quickly adapts to changing conditions including a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
“Serving your country gives you sense of pride,” added Greene.