Lincoln Park native serves aboard one of the Navy’s most versatile combat ships

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Lincoln Park native Petty Officer 1st Class Angela Robinson is an information systems technician serving with LCS Crew 214 based in San Diego.

For the Sunday Times Newspapers

A 2010 Lincoln Park High School graduate and Lincoln Park native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew for one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer 1st Class Angela Robinson is an information systems technician serving with LCS Crew 214 based in San Diego.

As an information systems technician, Robinson is responsible for assistant cyber security work management.

“Working to put the pieces of the computers together is always a challenge,” Robinson said.

Design characteristics of high speed, maneuverability, shallow draft, networked sensors, organic off-board vehicles, and various Mission Packages allow LCS to defeat threats in littoral and blue water environments, including fast surface craft, quiet submarines, and multiple types of mines.

“The best part of the command is the camaraderie,” Robinson said. “Being such a small crew allows us to learn the importance of working together.”

The training pipeline for an LCS sailor includes advanced off-hull simulator training and on-hull underway opportunities. Crew members say it is not uncommon that this intense and realistic training pipeline enables LCS sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities almost immediately upon stepping onboard.

“Every single day our LCS surface warriors prove they are the best and the brightest — and let me tell you, they love their ships,” said Capt. M. Jordan Harrison, Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE. “LCS are fast, agile, maneuverable and the minimal crew manning affords leadership and qualification opportunities you won’t get anywhere else in the Navy.

“Visit one of our ships and you will see ensigns and chiefs at the helm because that is just how highly trained and talented and motivated our officers and sailors are in the LCS community.”

As one of 70 crew members aboard one of the Navy’s newest ships, Robinson explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Crew members know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.

“I come from a family of military,” Robinson said. “Being in the Navy is a sense of pride to serve after my parents, brother, and sister who are all serving in the Army.”

LCS enables the Navy to operate successfully around the globe by employing innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint approaches to achieve its security objectives. With every deployment, littoral combat ships are providing increased capabilities that sailors are utilizing to conduct successful missions. The LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.