CNO and MCPON Visit Rota ahead of FDNF


Story Number: NNS121017-01Release Date: 10/17/2012 7:47:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Travis Alston, Naval Station Rota, Spain

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 16, to evaluate Rota's progress toward homeporting four destroyers here as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) beginning in 2014.

Greenert and Stevens specifically looked at the base's ability to host the four ships, their crew and families and the base's ability to support the ships' missions.
"We have to get this right. This is really our first big step forward in the new defense strategy," said Greenert in regard to FDNF.

The defense strategy calls for a realignment of U.S. forces to build a stronger presence in the Asia-Pacific region, but according to Greenert that doesn't lessen the Rota FDNF mission.

"Although we have a new defense strategy, and it does talk about rebalancing to the Asian-Pacific region, we must, and we will maintain our commitment to NATO," said Greenert.

Moving the four destroyers to Rota will enable the rest of the strategy, according to Greenert. "Our eye is first on this ball, to getting this right in Rota," said Greenert.

A key to success for FDNF Rota, according to Greenert, is having the right support elements in place. "We've got to be sure we've got the family support right here. This is very important."

During an all-hands call with Rota Sailors, Greenert said that preparations for FNDF are progressing as they should be. He also emphasized the importance of the good and longstanding relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Spain, and he thanked the families and Sailors stationed in Rota for serving here.

For more news from Naval Station Rota, Spain, visit www.navy.mil/local/rota/.

STORY COMMENTS1 COMMENT
10/17/2012 10:33:00 AM
This move sounds just like Operation Pegesus in the early 1970's forward deployed in the Med. Just this time in Spain instead of Greece

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121016-N-YQ566-204 ROTA, Spain (Oct. 16, 2012) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike D. Stevens deliver remarks and answer questions at an all-hands call at Naval Station Rota during their visit to Spain. Greenert is visiting Spain to meet with senior leadership and enhance international maritime relationships. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle P. Malloy/Released)
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