WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy appeared before the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Nov. 3.
In a session billed as "A Day Without Seapower," Vice Adm. Bruce Clingan explained to members of Congress why America's Navy is needed and what the country is able to accomplish because of seapower.
"As it has for more than 200 years, our Navy today delivers a credible capability for deterrence, sea
control and power projection, to prevent crises, contain conflicts and win our nation's wars," said Clingan. "We remain forward at the maritime crossroads, protecting the interconnected systems of trade, information and security that underpin our nation's economic prosperity."
Throughout his testimony, Clingan referenced several examples of the daily impact U.S. Navy seapower has at home and abroad. He spoke of the benefits of maintaining a strong presence overseas and the effect sustained surge operations have had on the Navy.
"The benefit of [our] forward forces is a commitment to our allies with whom we have common defense agreements, to our partners who look to us to protect their interests and their economic well-being in a world that relies on container ships for moving 90 percent of their commerce," he said.
We can also look at the rapid response the Navy provides to achieve and support our national interests, Clingan added.
In addressing potential impacts of the Budget Control Act, Clingan noted that significant budget reductions could result in reduced capability, capacity and proficiency the fleet needs to accomplish its global missions.
"In an ever-changing and uncertain global environment, one fact remains clear," he said in a statement issued prior to the hearing. "The United States is, and always will be, a maritime nation."
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