Lake Ridge High School Graduate Serves Aboard Navy WarshipApr 30, 2018 01:05PM ● By Lisa Drake
The 2015 Mansfield Lake Ridge High School graduate and Mansfield, Texas, native, Darious Chase is serving aboard the recently-commissioned USS Portland, an amphibious warship to be home-ported in San Diego, California.
Seaman Apprentice Darious Chase is a culinary specialist responsible for preparing and serving the crew meals. “The best part of my job is getting to see all the different places,” said Chase.
Portland is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship that embarks, transports, and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. These ships provide the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based platforms.
Amphibious transport dock ships support amphibious assault; special operations or expeditionary warfare missions, and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice as well.
Chase has carried lessons learned from his hometown into his military service. “My hometown taught me the importance of discipline,” said Chase.
Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Portland. More than 400 men and women make up the ship's crew, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly, from handling weaponry to maintaining the engines. An additional 700 Marines can be embarked. Portland is capable of transporting the Marines and landing them where they are needed via helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and landing craft. “I feel like I am the sharpest chef in the fleet,” said Chase.
Portland, the third Navy ship named to honor both the Oregon seaport and Maine’s largest city, was commissioned on April 21 in its Oregon namesake city. During a commissioning ceremony the warship was officially placed into active service. The ceremony included “bringing the ship to life” and other orders rooted in centuries old naval tradition.
For information about the commissioning, visit ussportlandlpd27.org.