WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) spoke about the Navy of today and of the future as a panelist on the Sea Services Chiefs' Panel at the Navy League's 2009 Sea-Air-Space Exposition (SAS Expo) during a seminar entitled "Seapower and America's Security" May 4.
CNO Adm. Gary Roughead participated on the panel with Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway; Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen; and Acting Deputy Maritime Administrator, Mr. James Caponiti.
The SAS Expo is the largest maritime exposition in the world and provides the Navy and other services an opportunity to interact and meet with national and international industry providers working with the latest in sea power technology. This year's theme, "National Security, Maritime Superiority and Global Presence," complements the cooperative maritime strategy and advances public understanding of the critical importance of sea power for America's security and prosperity.
During the discussion, CNO emphasized how busy the Navy has been during the last year.
"The Navy is being used aggressively, and the Navy is being used very hard. In addition to the traditional deployments and formations that we have operating around the world, we have 14,000 Sailors on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan," Roughead said.
"We see increasing demands for things such as ballistic missile defense, intelligence surveillance reconnaissance, proactive humanitarian assistance, maritime security and of course the most newsworthy event in recent times is the counterpiracy operations that several nations are involved in off the coast of Somalia."
CNO also spoke about the completion of the fiscal year 2010 budget, the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, shipbuilding programs and how everything in the Navy comes back to its people.
"I think it's always important to recognize, to realize and to go out periodically into the fleet and determine what it is that we're really all about up here [in Washington]. And that is being able to provide the right things, the right programs and the right policies so that our great Sailors can go do the terrific work that they're doing," Roughead said.
The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition features more than 150 defense industry exhibits and professional seminars with top civilian and military leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Maritime Administration and the defense industry who provide up-to-the-minute developments on policy and programs of the maritime services.
For a transcript of CNO's remarks, visit www.navy.mil/navydata/people/cno/Roughead/Speech/5.4.09%20Sea%20Air%20Space.doc.
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