A Batangueña has proudly brought the Philippine flag to the US Navy’s 1,100-foot aircraft carrier.
Having spent her young days in Santo Tomas, Batangas, Airman April Pagulayan was one of the featured sailors for March on the US Navy’s website for servicemen.
Pahulayan, who was a graduate of De La Salle University in Lipa, works as an aviation boatswain’s mate aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.
The Filipina was among the 3,200 crew members and another 2,500 men and women aboard the ship.
Amid tough responsibilities in the US Navy’s mobile airport, Pagulayan does them with lessons from her parents.
“I will never forget the lessons from my parents. The morals they taught me, like my dad taught me no matter what your job, give it a hundred percent,” she said.
“I’m most proud of being strong enough, this being the first time I’m away from home, and never giving up on my dreams,” Pahulayan added.
Dubbed as a “true floating city,” the USS George H.W. Bush has over 100,000 tons of steel carrying 70 aircraft over its 252-foot wide flight deck, loaded with powerful catapults to slingshot planes off its bow.
It is powered by two nuclear reactors that propel the ship at more than 35 mph.
The USS George H.W. Bush is considered a “self-contained mobile airport and strike platform” and the first response to any global crisis due to its capacity to operate freely in international waters.