By Carma Henry

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Allen

Fort Lauderdale native participates in world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Electa Berassa, Navy Office of Community Outreach

PEARL HARBOR – A 2011 Boyd H. Anderson High School graduate and Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Petty officer Mathew Allen is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Allen is a machinery repairman aboard USS Carl Vinson, currently operating out of San Diego.

As a Navy machinery repaiman, he is responsible for repairing and fabricating tools for the ship. Anything that needs to be made or is broken, machinery repairmen take care of it.

Allen applies the lessons he learned from Fort Lauderdale to his work in the Navy.

“My parents taught me to be confident and stay true to who I am,” said Allen. “I carry myself in a respectable manner.”

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on …read more

Source:: The Westside Gazette