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Hicks serves on USS New Hampshire submarine

NORFOLK, VA. – Andrew J. Hicks, a native of Madison, is serving aboard the USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), a U.S. Navy Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine.

Hicks graduated from Bob Jones High School. He is an Electronics Technician, (Nuclear) 2nd Class.

In his job, Hicks performs duties in the operating reactor control of nuclear propulsion plants and maintains onboard communication systems, which are essential for the submarine’s day-to-day operations.

“I joined the Navy to pay for college so I could further my education,” Hicks said.

As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the USS New Hampshire can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments. The submarine presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.

“I support my boat’s mission in ensuring readiness of the communication equipment to support safe reactor plant operation,” Hicks said. “My favorite part about what I do is operating the plant because it allows me to utilize knowledge of my job and work with others.”

The submarine is 362 feet long, 32 feet wide and weighs approximately 7,800 tons. The vessel is powered by a nuclear reactor that pushes the boat through water at speeds of more than 30 knots while submerged.

As one of 134 crew members aboard the submarine, Hicks joins his fellow sailors in building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Crew members know the importance for the Navy to develop new war-fighting capabilities and continue their success on the world’s oceans.

The USS New Hampshire is a flexible, multi-mission platform. The vessel is designed to complete the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, along with surveillance, reconnaissance and mine warfare.

“My proudest accomplishment is qualifying as a propulsion plant operator,” Hicks said.

The Media Outreach Department with the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tenn. produces these profiles. The Commander of the Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs prepared material for Andrew Hicks. For more information, visit outreach.navy.mil, Facebook/Navy Outreach, Twitter @NavyOutreach or Instagram @US_Navy_Outreach.

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