Seaman Apprentice Nathan Davidson

Seaman Apprentice Nathan Davidson

A Lawrence, Kan., native is helping the U.S. Navy keep sea lanes safe and open in the Middle East, serving on the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM-6).
Seaman Apprentice Nathan Davidson is a Navy logistics specialist and lives and works at a Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where the Devastator is based. Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Arabian Gulf.
A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for ordering and tracking all the parts a Navy ship needs, keeps inventory, and tracks the financial side of material management.
“I like the financial management part of the job a lot,” said Davidson.
The Devastator was commissioned in 1990 and is the second Navy ship to bear this name. It is one of the Navy’s 11 Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships that are designed to remove mines from vital waterways and harbors.
“I’m new to the ship so I’m still discovering and learning about the Navy,” said Davidson.
The Devastator is 224 feet long, 39 feet wide and displaces 1,312 tons of water. It is powered by four diesel engines and can reach speeds of more than 16 mph.
With approximately eight officers and 76 enlisted comprising the ship’s company, jobs are highly varied which keeps the ship mission ready — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the propulsion system.
As a member of the crew, Davidson and other Devastator Sailors know they are part of a forward-deployed naval forces team that is heavily relied upon to help protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.
“Deployment is good. I’ve met many different kinds of people overseas,” said Davidson.
In addition to the Devastator, another Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship is forward deployed in Bahrain along with seven Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships.
The world is increasingly complex and crewmembers aboard the Devastator, as well as the other forward-deployed naval vessels in Bahrain, assist with assuring international sea lines between the Middle East and Europe remain open and help protect against possible maritime threats.
As a Sailor with numerous responsibilities, deployed half-way around the world away from friends and family back home, Davidson said he is learning about himself as a leader, Sailor and a person.
“I’ve learned new job skills and what it’s like living on a ship,” said Davidson.