2016-05-13 / Community

SPHS graduate aims high in Navy career


Nick Doane Nick Doane A 2008 South Portland High School graduate and native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Doane is an aviation electrician’s mate serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.

A Navy aviation electrician’s mate is responsible for the electrical system of the aircraft.

“I work on and maintain complex electronic and electrical systems using the latest equipment and procedures,” Doane said. “I enjoy the trouble-shooting process part of my job. Some of the discrepancies can be a mystery that I get to solve by looking through the schematics.”

According to Navy officials, Wing 11’s history and reputation remain unparalleled since being commissioned on Aug. 15, 1942. Throughout the decades, Wing 11 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Beginning in the 1960s, the P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P-2V Neptune fleet. After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet, according to Navy officials.

The P-8A is a modified Boeing airframe featuring a fully connected, state-of-the-art, open architecture mission system designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

“The U.S. Navy sometimes asks the impossible of our people. It is sailors that make the impossible possible,” said Capt. Anthony Corapi, Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. “Petty Officer Doane is one example of a selfless servant of our nation. These heroes ask for very little recognition and perform their daily job with pride and professionalism defending freedom and our way of life around the world. Each member of the Navy’s combat team is crucial to our success. I am very proud to have Petty Officer Doane on our team!”

Doane is part of a crew that began transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon and is preparing for deployment in the future.

“I am pretty new here and everyone at the command was welcoming when I arrived,” Doane said. “We seem to work hard to achieve the best results in the maintenance department.”

“I have learned that I can do what I want if set my mind to it and put forth the proper effort,” Doane added.

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