Last year Zenaida Roth was graduating Kentridge High School, living in Renton. This year, she’s in the Navy, traveling the world.
Roth, a seaman apprentice and mass communications specialist, is in Yokosuka, Japan aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
In a Navy Office of Community Outreach press release, the carrier was described as a “true floating city.”
The Ronald Reagan carries over 5,700 men and women, maintains over 70 aircraft and weighs over 100,000 tons. The carrier is longer than three football fields.
Roth acts as a public affairs officer, works with multimedia and writes stories. She states in the release her success in the Navy has been in thanks to lessons she learned living in Renton.
“I learned to not procrastinate and to stop putting things off which I have become more responsible,” Roth states in the press release.
Roth is working on the leading-edge carrier in one of the busiest maritime regions. More than half of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passes through the region, according to the press release.
The U.S. Seventh Fleet spans more than 124 million sq. kilometers, from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in south, and from the international date line to the India/Pakistan border.
“The Navy is forward-deployed to provide security and strengthen relationships in a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of the fleet, states in the press release. “It’s not just the ships and aircraft that have shown up to prevent conflict and promote peace. It is, and will continue to be our people who define the role our Navy plays around the world.”
According to the press release, the Navy is tied to U.S. prosperity, being a “maritime nation” and allowing free operations along the worlds oceans — 70 percent of the Earth’s surface.
Roth is part of the Navy’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, alliances and business practices that support the National Defense Strategy.
“I’ve only been here on the ship for a short time but it’s very busy there are a lot of people,” Roth states in the release. “Being here, some days it feels like the days are never-ending but it feels good knowing that I’m part of something bigger.”
Roth stated in the press release she is most proud of finishing and passing in the Navy’s mass communication specialist school, a 10-month program. Both of Roth’s parents were in the military, and she stated it feels good to keep that family tradition going.