Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Hartlebrewer, an Information Systems Technician (Submarines) from Blauvelt, N.Y. and 2004 graduate of the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, Conn., is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s newest and most technologically sophisticated submarines, the Hawaii-based USS Hawaii (SSN 776).
USS Hawaii (SSN 776) is a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Such submarines are designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes. They also carry cruise missiles with conventional high-explosive warheads to attack enemy shore facilities. They also conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, mine laying and support special operations. Its protective cloak of stealth and unlimited endurance allows it to maneuver with impunity, even in the most sensitive forward areas. It can transit at high speeds, undetected, independent of sea state, and arrive on station ready for action. And, it is lethal… against enemy submarines, surface ships, and critical targets ashore.