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Port Saint Lucie Native Jovaughn Lindsay Is a Petty Officer 1st Class Aboard the USS Essex

Petty Officer 1st Class Jovaughn Lindsay
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan Carter, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Petty Officer 1st Class Jovaughn Lindsay

Port St. Lucie - Monday November 28, 2022: Petty Officer 1st Class Jovaughn Lindsay is a 2009 Port Saint Lucie High School graduate and Port Saint Lucie, Florida native who is now serving as a Navy aviation maintenance administration man on the USS Essex operating out of San Diego.

Lindsay applies the values and uses the skills he learned in Port Saint Lucie. “Being respectful has probably been the biggest lesson I carried into the Navy,” said Lindsay.

As an aviation maintenance administration man, Lindsay is responsible for performing technical, managerial and support duties required by the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program.

“I'm proud I was able to make petty officer first class and run various aviation programs throughout my career,” said Lindsay.

Serving in the Navy means Lindsay 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.

“Serving in the Navy gives me a sense of direction and leadership,” said Lindsay. “It lets me be part of a family" and “it provides opportunities for people to see the world.”

Earlier this year Lindsay took part in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). 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 the worlds oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. The participating nations and forces exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.

“It's a matter of being prepared in case anything happens in the world,” said Lindsay.

During RIMPAC, a network of capable, adaptive partners train and operate together in order to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.

Additional information about RIMPAC is available at

By Yeoman 1st Class April T. Copeland, Navy Office of Community Outreach