Lauren Hope Taylor, a resident of Williston and member of the US Navy, is serving aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) currently stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
Taylor, a Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman, is a 2019 Williston High School graduate.
The USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) is the second ship to be named after the Comstock Lode, an early American pioneer mining site near Virginia City, Nevada. The Comstock Lode, founded in 1859, has become indelible in the history of our American West; it produced more than $500,000,000 in gold and silver.
The original USS COMSTOCK (LSD 19) was commissioned during the end of World War II in 1945, and later served in both the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. She earned ten battle stars for service in the Korean War, the most awarded to a ship of this type. She received a Meritorious Unit Commendation and six battle stars for Vietnam War service. Now her successor, LSD 45, continues the rich naval tradition associated with the name Comstock.
Since her commissioning in February, 1990, COMSTOCK has completed three extended deployments to the Western Pacific and the Middle East Forces, and has completed one deployment to the Southern Pacific conducting counter narcotic operations.
Sailors on COMSTOCK have seen the world with port visits to the tropical climes and Asian shopping extravaganzas with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Her extensive tours in the Arabian Gulf have been highlighted by visiting such ports as: Aquaba, Jordan; Manama, Bahrain; Kuwait City, Kuwait; and Jebel Ali, United Emirates. Other popular ports of call for COMSTOCK have included: Mombasa, Kenya; Seychelles; Perth, Australia; and Hawaii. Not all the good liberty ports are overseas, however. Some of the best visits have been to some of America’s fine west coast cities, such as San Francisco and Monterey, California.