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Batangueña among crew members of US Navy’s ‘mobile airport’

A native of Santo Tomas, Batangas, is doing her parents and the Philippines proud by serving on the a nearly 1,100-foot aircraft carrier of the US Navy.

Airman April Pagulayan is one of the featured sailors for March on the US Navy's website for servicemen for her service as an aviation boatswain's mate aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

A graduate of De La Salle University in Lipa, Pagulayan works with approximately 3,200 crew members and another 2,500 men and women on the air wing for more than 70 aircraft aboard the ship.

Pagulayan has multiple responsibilities aboard the twin nuclear reactor-powered ship — tasks which she carries out with lessons she received from her parents.

“I will never forget the lessons from my parents,” she said. "The morals they taught me, like my dad taught me no matter what your job, give it a hundred percent.”

“I’m most proud of being strong enough, this being the first time I'm away from home, and never giving up on my dreams.”

USS George H.W. Bush

The USS George H.W. Bush is a "true floating city," with more than 100,000 tons of steel carrying 70 aircraft over its 252-foot wide flight deck, loaded with powerful catapults to slingshot planes off its bow.

Powering the nearly 1,100-foot ship are two nuclear reactors that propel the ship at more than 35 mph.

The USS George H.W. Bush is considered a "self-contained mobile airport and strike platform" and the first response to any global crisis due to its capacity to operate freely in international waters. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News