Seaman Jesse Cotton, a Watson native and 2012 Live Oak High School graduate, is serving as a fire control technician aboard the USS Texas, a Virginia-class submarine based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The submarine, commissioned in Newport News, Virginia, in 2006, is longer than a football field at 377 feet and can move underwater at more than 30 mph, a news release said.

The USS Texas, like all attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet, can carry out an array of missions on the world’s oceans in defense of America.

Navy attack submarines can deploy for as many as six months at a time to anywhere in the world, said Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson

Missions include tracking and hunting enemy submarines, launching cruise missiles from sea to inland targets hundreds of miles away, surveillance and intelligence gathering.

Sailors undergo rigorous testing and observation before being selected for submarine service.

“My job is to take sound data to place and determine a target,” said Cotton.