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Personal link between the city and the Navy's newest destroyer


Last updated 7/6/2021 at 12:31pm

Ensign Casey Rezac (right) listens as her crewmate Diana Martin explains the scope of their duties aboard the USS Ralph Johnson while it was in port at the Navel Station in Everett last week. Both sailors expressed the calm they enjoy when they come home to their respective apartments in Mill Creek when their ship is in port. They were both thrilled to be part of the city’s Memorial Day Parade last month.

Both of the Mill Creek councilmembers who accepted an invitation to visit the newest ship in the Navy homeport in Everett came away from their tour with a pledge to reach out to the young sailors assigned to the USS Ralph Johnson.

But for one of them, the promise was personal.

Councilmembers John Steckler and Mark Bond toured the guided-missile destroyer in April, shortly after the Navy’s newest ship arrived in Everett from its temporary assignment in San Diego. The councilmembers were joined on the tour by Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin.

Steckler made the recommendation for the ci...

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