Yokosuka, Japan A 2012 Lawton High School graduate and Lawton, Okla., native is serving aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52), living and working at the Navy’s forward-deployed base south of Tokyo.
Ens. Rebecca Cabrey is the Ordinance Officer aboard the destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, Japan which is located approximately 35 miles south of Tokyo and accommodates the United States’ furthest forward-deployed naval forces.
After graduating with a degree in oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Cabrey was commissioned as a United States Naval Officer in 2016. She reported to Barry as her first assignment where she is in charge of weapons, ordnance, and explosive safety.
An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Barry is 505 feet long or more than 1 1/2 football fields. The ship is 66 feet wide, weighs more than 9,000 tons, and its four gas turbine engines can push the ship through the ocean at nearly 35 miles per hour. Barry is the fourth United States Navy ship named in honor of the “Father of the American Navy”, Commodore John Barry (1745–1803).
As a Naval officer with numerous responsibilities and sailors to mentor, Cabrey said she is proud to serve her country aboard a destroyer in Japan.
“It’s an honor to serve as a forward-deployed officer,” said Cabrey. “We have a direct impact on the world in our day-to-day operations in this area. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Cabrey also said she is proud to continue living the fighting spirit of the Navy, living thousands of miles from home, and protecting America on the world’s oceans.
“I’m lucky to be a part of our Navy’s history, and to carry on the legacy of service to our nation,” said Cabrey.
“Barry sailors represent the very best our nation has to offer,” said Cmdr. Jennifer Eaton, the ship’s Commanding Officer. “As a forward-deployed crew, these men and women should be proud of their ability to adapt and flex to an array of situations in the highest of standards they have set. Our motto of ‘Strength and Diversity’ is alive with them and I am personally proud to be a part of their dedication.”
Approximately 35 officers and 265 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the 2 billion dollar destroyer running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required war fighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas. With multi-mission capabilities in surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, ballistic missile defense, and humanitarian assistance, Arleigh Burke destroyers, such as Barry, excel as the Navy’s premier fighting warship.
Assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet, Barry sailors are continuously on watch throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, acting as America’s first responders in that part of the world.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile combat ships, Cabrey and other crew members understand they are part of a forward-deployed team that is heavily relied upon to help protect and defend America across the world’s oceans.