by Lt. j.g. Joshua Ehrhardt, USS Leyte Gulf Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. - A 2014 C. H. Flowers High School graduate and Glenarden, Maryland, native serves onboard USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), a guided-missile cruiser homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Eric D. Carroll, currently serving over a year, is a cryptologic technician (collection) who assists in the overall analytics of the ship.
When asked why he joined the Navy, Carroll said, "To help support and provide a better life for my siblings."
USS Leyte Gulf is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. She was named after the location in the Pacific Ocean where two battles between the American fleet and Japanese fleet were fought during World War II.
Leyte Gulf is attached to Commander, 6th Fleet that conducts daily operations, port visits and engages with allies and partners to maintain a forward presence throughout Europe and Africa and improves maritime security.