SAN DIEGO — A 2010 Hanford West High School graduate and Hanford native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the staff aboard Littoral Ship Squadron One, supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer 2nd Class PeterJohn Delacruz is an operations specialist serving in N3 at Littoral Ship Squadron One in San Diego.

An operations specialist is responsible for operating and maintaining multi-million dollar military equipment.

“Treating others with respect is something I learned from my hometown,” said Delacruz. “When you treat others with respect and dignity you will get the same back, which leads to you becoming a better person.”

The ship’s technological benefits allow for swapping mission packages quickly, meaning sailors can support multiple missions, such as surface warfare, mine warfare, or anti-submarine warfare.

Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.

“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 the staff members at LCSRON supporting one of the Navy’s newest ships, Delacruz explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Staff members know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war-fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.

“My father served 20-plus years in the Navy,” Delacruz said. “I always admired his awards and accomplishments, and that was something I wanted.”

Delacruz’s proudest accomplishment was providing tsunami disaster relief and helping to aid and assist families in their cleanup efforts.

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.

“Serving in the Navy has given me direction, and I have become more mature,” Delacruz said. “This command fosters real camaraderie, and we share a special bond.”