2002-07-20 / Community

Navy Officer Returns Home

Navy Officer Returns Home

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sylbourn E. Shackleford, son of Derrilyn Anderson of Far Rockaway, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, home-ported in San Diego.

Shackelford was one of more than 10,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Battle Group and USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group who proudly participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Anaconda.

During the deployment, Shackelford’s ship traveled more than 62,000 miles, launched more than 9,000 aircraft and dropped 275,000 pounds of ordnance.

Carriers, like USS John C. Stennis, are deployed around the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

Shackelford is a 1984 graduate of Beach Channel High School of Far Rockaway, N.Y. and joined the Navy in September 1985.

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