WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The secretary of the Navy released his holiday message to the fleet in ALNAV 077/10 Dec. 14.
SECNAV Ray Mabus said the following in his message:
"As always, this holiday season finds thousands of Sailors and Marines far from home. I want to express to every Sailor and Marine the gratitude and support of each and every citizen of our great nation.
Thank you for your service and for the sacrifices you make every day, particularly in this special season.
Whether you are serving at home or abroad, in Afghanistan or Iraq, off the coast of South America, in the Sea of Japan, or in the Mediterranean; whether you are on patrol, standing a watch or keeping the plant going underneath the ocean, I want you to know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. You are never alone.
Deployed with you are the love and support of your family and friends and the full might of the Navy and Marine Corps, the most formidable expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known.
On behalf of every single American, thank you. Happy holidays. Semper fortis, semper fi."
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