Missouri man serves as missile tech aboard one of world's most-advanced nuclear-powered submarines

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Svetina
Photo credit (Navy Outreach - Getty Images)

O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOX) - The missile weapons systems on one of the most advanced nuclear-powered submarines in the worlds are securely in the hands of a St. Louis-area native.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Svetina, a 2015 Fort Zumwalt West High School graduate, joined the Navy five years ago. He was the focus of a recent feature by NavyOutreach.com, highlighting his success serving in the military.

Svetina serves as a missile technician aboard USS Tennessee, whose responsibilities include maintaining and operating the submarine’s missile weapons systems.

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“We provide strategic deterrence because our subs are always out there,” said Svetina. “You never know where we are, but we are always ready.”

USS Tennesse is a ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN). Often referred to as a "boomers," these subs act as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles.

Svetina is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy, according to Navy Outreach. He says he joined the military to see more of the country and to serve the US.

“My hometown taught me about working hard,” said Svetina. “I learned to set goals and put in work to achieve them.”

As a member of the submarine force, Svetina is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.

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