The Stoutsville native is a member of the US Navy Submarine Force


NORFOLK, Va. – A Stoutsville native serves aboard the USS New Mexico, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Sahr joined the Navy five years ago. Today, Sahr serves as a torpedo boat mate.

“My family has a long tradition of service in the Navy,” Sahr said. “My main inspiration for joining was my father’s career in the navy. He was able to travel to incredible countries. I loved the idea of ​​doing the same thing.

Growing up in Stoutsville, Sahr attended Amanda-Clearcreek High School and graduated in 2017. Today, Sahr relies on similar skills and values ​​found in Stoutsville to succeed in the military.

“I learned to always have my hometown sense of humor,” Sahr said. “Sometimes being that comic relief can turn someone’s whole mindset upside down.”

These lessons helped Sahr while he served in the Navy.

Known as the “Apex Predators!” of the United States, the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, serving the national security of the United States.

There are three main types of submarines: fast attack submarines (SSN), ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and guided missile submarines (SSGN).

Fast attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; hit land targets with cruise missiles; transport and deliver Navy SEALs; conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. The Virginia-class SSN is the most advanced submarine in the world today. It combines stealth and payload capacity to meet the demands of combat commanders in this age of strategic competition.

The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers”, serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols, and precise missile delivery. The Columbia-class SSBN will be the largest, most capable, and most advanced submarine produced by the United States – replacing the current Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines to provide continued strategic deterrence at sea in the 2080s.

Guided missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operations capabilities from a stealthy, covert platform. Each SSGN is capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavy torpedoes to be fired through four torpedo tubes.

Strategic deterrence is the nation’s ultimate insurance program, Navy officials say. As a member of the submarine force, Sahr is part of a rich 122-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of leading the fight against the enemy for defense of America and its allies.

Serving in the Navy means Sahr is part of a world that takes on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of national defense strategy.

“The Navy contributes to national security by having a constant presence in the maritime arena; not only to ward off threats to global maritime traffic, but also to instill diplomacy in all nations,” Sahr said.

With more than 90 percent of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95 percent of international telephone and Internet traffic carried by submarine fiber optics, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States are directly tied to a ready Marine and force.

Sahr and the Sailors with whom they serve have many opportunities to achieve feats during their military service.

“My greatest accomplishment was completing an 8-month submarine deployment,” Sahr said. “It was one of the hardest experiences of my life. It’s very cold, very dark, you’re with the same people all the time and there’s really no comfortable place to sit and relax. However, completing this deployment with my crew is a sense of pride and camaraderie that I cannot explain.

As Sahr and other Sailors continue to train and fly missions, they are proud to serve their country in the United States Navy. “Serving in the Navy is about consciously putting aside the fear of the unknown, the stress of being away from home and applying yourself in something that will make the world a safer place,” Sahr added.

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