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Navy gunner's mate from Sylvania goes through practice drills in the East China Sea
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexandria Esteban / Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Wendell Hidalgo, from Maui, Hawaii, left, and Gunner’s Mate Chief Cory Dykes, from Sylvania, right, participate in drills.

Sylvania native Cory Dykes is a Gunner’s Mate Chief aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta currently on duty in the East China Sea.

The Rafael Peralta destroyer is forward deployed and assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15, The squadron is the Navy’s largest destroyer squadron and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.

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