SAN DIEGO – AnAnnapolis,Maryland,native and2011Annapolis High School, Old Mill High Schoolgraduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USSRussell. EnsignDemondBrownis anoperations information division officeraboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.

A Navyoperations information division officeris responsible for16 sailors who track surface and air contacts to assist the ship in anti-air and anti-surface warfare.

“I have a lot of pride in my hometown, being in the Navy, and the work that I do,”Brownsaid.

More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and their jobs are highly specialized, requiring both dedication and skill. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times, according to Navy officials.

“The success of our Surface Force ships is measured by our ability to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and to project that power ashore where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “It’s hard work to ready ships for combat operations at sea – it takes the talent of an entire crew working well together. I’m extremely proud of the each and every surface warrior’s contributions to the Navy’s enduring mission of protecting and defending America, at home and around the world.”

A Navy destroyer is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea. The ship is equipped with tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and a phalanx close-in weapons system.

Brownhas military ties with family members who have previously served, and he is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“My cousins joined the military, and there is a lot of pride in that they joined because of me,”Brownsaid.

Brown’s proudest accomplishment wasearning the Officer of the Deck qualification in a short period of time.

“Serving in the Navy has made me a more disciplined person,” saidBrown.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets,Brownand other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“I am proud of my service to our country and the security I help provide,”Brownsaid.