Cmdr. Houssain “Sam” Sareini, a Dearborn native and 1993 Fordson High School graduate, will be interviewed live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. July 10 at facebook.com/NavyOutreach.
Sareini, the executive officer of USS Nitze (DDG 94), an Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer, will be interviewed live by the Navy Office of Community Outreach.
“I am responsible for the daily functions of the ship, and to ensure that the captain has a ship that is ready, and a crew trained to fight,” Sareini said.
The live interview is a part of NAVCO’s “Ship2Shore” initiative, created as part of the Navy’s COVID-19 response, to help show an inside look at the Navy to the public while they remain safe at home. The goal of these interviews is to inform and educate Americans on the Navy’s mission and purpose.
This Ship2Shore live stream will be conducted ahead of the release of “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks, a movie about an American anti-submarine warfare force during World War II. The movie releases exclusively on Apple-TV, July 10.
The Navy’s surface fleet, which conducts anti-submarine warfare, today is similar to the sailors depicted in “Greyhound.” Just like in World War II, the Navy’s mission today is to protect and defend the United States, and the Navy is doing that every day, around the world.
Anti-submarine warfare protects the flow of goods across the world’s oceans. It helped win World War II, and it guarantees our prosperity today. Sailors like Sareini make contributions to this mission.
“I joined the Navy to serve my country,” Sareini said. “My favorite part about serving is the opportunity to lead sailors, chiefs and officers. I want to leave people better than I found them.”
Sareini has served aboard five U.S. Navy ships.