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    SECNAV Visits Ford on Navy’s Birthday

    SECNAV Visits the PCU Ford

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cathrine Yanez | NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Oct. 13, 2016) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses...... read more read more

    Mabus’ visit on board Ford coincided with the 241st birthday of the U.S. Navy.

    “There’s no navy that has ever existed that comes close to this Navy,” said Mabus. “We’re going to make sure that the Navy has as bright a future as its storied past.”

    Mabus highlighted the Navy’s efforts in supporting renewable energy, the importance of relationships with partner countries, the vital trust between the U.S. Navy and the American public, and the significance of aircraft carriers.

    “This ship will protect America for half a century,” Mabus told Ford Sailors.

    Mabus took time to answer questions and pose for photos with crew members.

    “It was an honor to welcome SECNAV and have him speak with Ford Sailors on the Navy’s birthday,” said Capt. Rick McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer.

    McCormack noted that over 100 Ford Sailors are deployed on ships around the world, to include two Sailors aboard USS Mason (DDG 87) and three Sailors aboard USS Nitze (DDG 94).

    The Nitze conducted targeted strikes against three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast. The targeted radar sites were involved in recent missile launches threatening Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Bab al-Mandeb and the Red Sea.

    “The thing I am most proud of are the Sailors and Marines serving today,” Mabus said, adding “Nobody can touch our Navy, and it’s our job to make sure it stays that way.”



    Date Taken: 10.13.2016
    Date Posted: 12.15.2016 19:06
    Story ID: 217920
    Location: US

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