Mette meets qualifications for messenger of the watch

Mette meets qualifications for messenger of the watch United States Navy Seaman Apprentice Sion Z. Mette has recently met the qualifications for duty as messenger of the watch while serving aboard the USS Juneau LPD-10.

The messenger of the watch is responsible to the officer of the deck and carries out his duties in shipboard communications on the quarterdeck.

SA Mette enlisted in the Navy in September, 1998 and completed his basic training at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, IL. He graduated from the Seaman Apprentice Training Division at Service Command School, Great Lakes, and is assigned to the USS Juneau at Naval Station San Diego, CA.

The USS Juneau is a highly versatile troop transport for amphibious operations. As an amphibious transport dock, the Juneau can transport and land up to 900 Marines and their equipment by landing craft, amphibious vehicles and helicopters.

SA Mette's shipboard training allows him to perform bridge-watch duties, deck and boat seamanship, painting, maintenance and upkeep of the ship's external structure, rigging and deck equipment.

The USS Juneau will deploy to Sasebo Naval Base in Japan during the summer. SA Mette's address is SA Sion Mette, USS Juneau, 1st Division FPO AP 96669-1713.

Mette is a 1995 graduate of Vermillion High School and attended The University of South Dakota. He is the son of Dale and Sandy Mette of Vermillion and the grandson of W.D. Mette of Madison.

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