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Fort Myers native serving with LCS Squadron One

April 28, 2017
By Navy Office of Community Outreach , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

SAN DIEGO A 2008 Riverdale High School graduate and Fort Myers native is serving in the U.S. Navy to support one of the country's most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils is a yeoman and is assigned to Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One that support the mission of the littoral combat ships based in San Diego.

A Navy yeoman is responsible for the administrative staff and assistant to the Public Affairs Officer for the LCS Com-munity.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Luc-Rikardo Fils

Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, the Freedom variant of littoral combat ships are 388 feet long and weigh nearly 3,400 tons fully loaded. Twin gas-turbine engines push the ship through the water at more than 40 mph.

According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping onboard.

As a sailor supporting one of the Navy's newest ships, Fils explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Sailors know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world's oceans.

Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, 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.



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