USS PORTER, At Sea (NNS) -- Forty Sailors, including 20 new petty officers, were frocked on the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) May 28 after being selected to advance to the next rank.
Porter's crew assembled on the flight deck to watch their shipmates, wearing their new crows and chevrons, receive their official frocking letters presented by the ship's commanding officer.
"It's a great day for all of our new 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class petty officers. The advancement examination process yields increased mission readiness as Sailors hit the books, and it is a real honor to be able to frock those that successfully advance each cycle," said Commander Martin Arriola, Porter's commanding officer.
The newly frocked Sailors were congratulated by their shipmates following the ceremony after posing for group photos for friends and families back home.
Porter is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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