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Vineland Native Serves Aboard Forward-Deployed Navy Warship in Japan

by Yeoman Senior Chief James Thorson, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Photography by Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Joy, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Rosado, a native of Vineland, serves in Japan aboard a forward-deployed U.S. Navy warship. Rosado joined the Navy three years ago, and today serves as a boatswain’s mate aboard USS Rafael Peralta.

“My grandfather was a World War II veteran and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Rosado.

Growing up in Vineland, Rosado attended Vineland High School and graduated in 2020. Rosado now relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Vineland to succeed in the military.

“Growing up, I learned that hard work and dedication will be a vital part in your life for success,” said Rosado.

Modern U.S. Navy surface ships provide a wide range of warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface and subsurface environments. Jobs aboard a U.S. Navy ship are highly specialized, according to Navy officials, and range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times.

Forward Deployed Forces operate with allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Service members in this region are part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which has the largest area of responsibility in the world.

“I am proud to serve with all the different people that I got to work alongside and to help the new generations coming into the Navy,” said Rosado. “Being in the Navy means that I am making a difference. I am giving up my time and liberty to protect my family, so people back home can enjoy their time and feel safe.”

Rosado is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank my grandfather and grandmother who gave me a very good foundation and helped me learn right from wrong,” added Rosado.