USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Vern Clark and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/AW) Terry Scott visited the Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 Jan. 14, during the ship’s current deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After receiving briefs from the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 leadership and talking to other senior officers aboard, Clark advanced 12 Sailors selected through the Command Advancement Program. The CNO then led the Sailors as they reaffirmed the Oath of Enlistment.
“The Oath is about living the lifestyle of the service,” Clark said. He congratulated the Sailors and spoke to all hands regarding his vision for the Navy during the next year and his thoughts on the global war on terrorism.
“I believe we are in a fight that will last at least the next 30 years,” said Clark. “This is the new Cold War. This war is about ideas and about people with different values, and we are a nation that believes in it so strongly that we are willing to fight for it. We believe in going out and making the world a better place.”
The upcoming elections in Iraq are another step to giving the Iraqi people a chance at freedom under a new regime, he said.
Clark also explained the different responsibilities of the U.S. Navy during the war.
"For our Navy to remain strong, we must be able to change with the times," he said. “Our job is to provide credible, persistent combat power, and our leaders must understand the vision for the service."
One of the changes most affecting Sailors in the fleet today is the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Under FRP, the Navy maintains the ability to simultaneously deploy multiple carrier strike groups on short notice in support of contingency operations anywhere in the world.
“Truman is the poster child for FRP,” Clark said. “I am proud of the way Truman has handled FRP. This plan does not work without us figuring out how to surge large ships.”
In last summer’s surge, Summer Pulse '04, the seven carriers deployed for the exercise were closely scrutinized.
“The one I was watching most closely was this one, the one doing the emergency surge," Clark said. "I was impressed, and you passed with flying colors. This is the centerpiece of our Navy."
Scott agreed by adding, “It doesn’t matter how massive, how large or how high-tech our ships are. They don’t work without the best America has to offer. They don’t work without you.”
“Older generations always wonder if the younger generation has what it takes,” said Clark. “I want to promise you that this generation has it. This generation is tough. It’s our turn to lead, to make a difference, to stand and fight and hold our own principles.”
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, consisting of USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61), USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and the aircraft from embarked CVW-3, deployed Oct. 13 for its second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.
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