Machias Native Supports One Of The Navy’s Most Versatile Combat Ships

Lt. Cmdr. Justin Hayward. (Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Isaiah Sellers)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class 

James H. Green, 

Navy Office of 

Community Outreach


 A 1996 Machias Memorial High School, 2004 Maine Maritime Academy and 2010 Naval Post Graduate School graduate and Machias, Maine native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the staff aboard Surface Division 11, supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

Lt. Cmdr. Justin Hayward is a material and maintenance officer serving in N4 at Surface Division 11 in San Diego.

A material and maintenance officer is responsible for providing material and maintenance support for USS Jackson, USS Montgomery, USS Gabriel Gifford and USS Omaha.

“Focusing on your goals is something I've carried with me throughout my career,” said Hayward. “In order to better yourself, you need to continuously set and achieve goals."

The ship’s technological benefits allow for swapping mission packages quickly, meaning sailors can support multiple missions, such as surface warfare, mine warfare, or anti-submarine warfare.

Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.

“Every single day our LCS surface warriors prove they are the best and the brightest - and let me tell you, they love their ships,” said Capt. M. Jordan Harrison, Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE.  “LCS are fast, agile, maneuverable and the minimal crew manning affords leadership and qualification opportunities you won’t get anywhere else in the Navy. Visit one of our ships and you will see ensigns and chiefs at the helm because that is just how highly trained and talented and motivated our officers and sailors are in the LCS community."

As a member of Surface Division 11 supporting one of the Navy’s newest ships, Hayward explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Staff members know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war-fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.

“My grandfather served in the Army, and my uncle served in the Navy for 20-plus years,” Hayward said. “My grandfather and uncle were an influence on me joining because I admired their sacrifice of service, and I wanted to follow in their foot steps.”

Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, the LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.

“Serving in the Navy has given me more structure, better work ethic and an understanding of sacrifice,” Hayward said. “This command is special to me, because I have been stationed on an LCS before. So, I understand the demands put on the commands, and I like being in a position to help them out.”