Albany sailor serves in the Pacific

Albany sailor serves in the Pacific

Information from the U.S. Navy-

SASEBO, Japan - Albany native Airman Demarquis Fudge is far from South Georgia this holiday season. Fudge is currently serving aboard

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

This photo (right) shows Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Demarquis Fudge, from Albany, Ga., paints Navy lettering on an aviation firefighting training aircraft in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Fudge says he chose to join the Navy to become more independent and do something on his own. The 22-year-old attended Westover High School, and still has family in Albany.

Fudge says he plans to go back to college, and focus on medical school or architecture; he's till trying to figure that out.

His message to friends and family in Albany is that he loves and misses his family and friends, and will be home soon!

The Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious ready group. 

Since more than 70% of our planet is covered by water, the Navy says that being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time.

Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world's oceans.

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