Amarillo Native Serves Aboard U.S. Navy Warship Half A World Away

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Lamberth, a native of Amarillo, Texas, wanted to carry on with a proud family tradition of serving in the Navy. Both of his parents served in Navy. 

Now, two years later and half a world away, Lamberth serves aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships at Fleet Activities Sasebo, patrolling one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of U.S. 7th Fleet. 

“We have a very hectic schedule but we need to be mission-ready driven,” said Lamberth. 

Lamberth, a 2016 graduate of Tascosa High School, is an electronics technician aboard the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay in Sasebo, Japan. 

“If something electrical goes down or breaks I am called to come and fix it,” said Lamberth. 

Lamberth credits some success in the Navy to lessons learned in Amarillo. 

“My father taught me a good work ethic because nothing was given to me,” said Lamberth. “I had to work hard for everything I got. I was taught to set a goal and I would strive to achieve it.” 

U.S. 7th Fleet spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of operations encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors. 

“Japan is a culture shock to a lot of us because we grow up kind of sheltered and at a young age we are flown across the world to Japan,” said Lamberth. “You never know what to expect sometimes.” 

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. 

“The Navy is forward-deployed to provide security and strengthen relationships in a free and open Indo-Pacific. It’s not just the ships and aircraft that have shown up to prevent conflict and promote peace,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. “It is, and will continue to be our people who define the role our Navy plays around the world. People who’ve made a choice, and have the will and strength of character to make a difference.” 

These ships support missions from sea to shore, special operations and other warfare missions. They also serve as secondary aviation platforms. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice, according to Navy officials. 

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Green Bay. More than 400 men and women make up the ship’s crew, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly, from handling weaponry to maintaining the engines. An additional 700 Marines can be embarked. Green Bay is capable of transporting Marines and landing them where they are needed using helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and other water-to-shore craft. 

Serving in the Navy means Lamberth is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. 

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” 

There are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career. Lamberth is most proud of the type of work that he is able to do in the Navy. He is also grateful for the people he gets to work with on a daily basis. 

“The people I work with are amazing,” said Lamberth. “If I have a bad day they find a way to cheer me up. I also love my job. Just the experiences alone are amazing because not a lot of people get a chance to work on an electrical system worth millions of dollars and are told it’s their responsibility and it’s their equipment.” 

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Lamberth and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes contributing to the Navy the nation needs. 

“It gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning with a sense of pride for what I do,” said Lamberth
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