Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, FL

Military Recognition: U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. – Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, FL, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), test fits a gas mask Feb. 15, 2021.

Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dean M. Cates

Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

The Free Press thanks all of our men and women in uniform.

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