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Submarine escape training instructor named Sailor of the Year

Published November 09. 2013 4:00PM   Updated November 09. 2013 5:00PM

Groton — A submarine escape training instructor is the 2013 Naval Submarine School Sailor of the Year.

Hospital Corpsman First Class Christopher Johnson, a Diving Salvage Warfare/Surface Warfare/Air Warfare Specialist, is a leading petty officer in the Diving Division and Medical Division of the Engineering/High Risk Training Department.

He directed the training of 1,626 students and 22 staff members, managed the daily scheduling of assigned medical personnel and Navy divers and oversaw all of the student medical screenings for the Submarine Escape Trainer, which resulted in 690 successful pressurized escapes, according to the school. 

Johnson also organized the training sessions that helped five people qualify as master training specialists, and helped save a Navy diver who had a life-threatening arterial gas embolism.

He said being selected for the honor is “a bit like being named the most valuable player on an all-star team” because many instructors do their best to send the most highly-trained sailors to the fleet.

“Our job as instructors is to help our sailors do their jobs as well as they can today, and be a bit better tomorrow and every day,” he said.

Capt. Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer of the school, said Johnson is a natural leader and mentor, whose exceptional leadership is indispensable at the school and especially within the escape trainer. 

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