A U.S. Navy recruit from Matawan completes seven months in Pacific trouble spots in one of the most pivotal positions - maintaining the gear that keeps tabs on his ship's most vital alert system.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Masaaki Davis of Matawan (Gary Ward, USN)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Masaaki Davis is a surface sonar technician aboard the missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), which returned to its San Diego home port in November after deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

According to Navy officials, the Preble's 509-foot length, 59-foot width and 9,400-ton displacement renders it quick, maneuverable and flexible for surface warfare as well as defenses against submarines and aircraft.