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Local sailor trains with Japanese military team

A Houston Sailor takes part in a military exercise with Japan's Navy to track enemy submarines and ships. The sailor is responsible for the USS Antietam's missile system.
Credit: Marissa Liu
Ensign Anthony Williams Jr., on the USS Antietam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers Released)

A Houston sailor is training with his Japanese counterparts on how to track submarines and fire missiles.

Ensign Anthony Williams, Jr. is now serving in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Antietam.

The 2017 Prairie View A&M University graduate and commissioned officer oversees the ship's Vertical Launching System, which launches Tomahawks and other missiles, according to a U.S. Navy release.

Williams is part of MultiSail 2018, a training exercise in which the U.S. and Japanese Navies work together to improve their skills such as live fire training, and tracking and destroying subs and ships, says the release.

As a commissioned officer, Williams is in charge of leading and motivating other sailors and running an effective division.