KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay March 21 to tour the facility and speak to Sailors and Marines at an all-hands call.
Mabus began his remarks by highlighting the work done by those stationed at the base and recognizing the importance of the submarine force to the Navy mission.
"Thank you for the work you do," he said. "The level of skill and expertise at Kings Bay is extraordinary. Because of people like you, nobody can match what we do...America depends on you."
Mabus also addressed his priorities for the Department of the Navy and the importance of the Navy and Marine Corps mission.
"The presence we provide gives our leadership options," said Mabus. "The Defense Strategy is a maritime strategy and nobody can do that better than the Navy and Marine Corps."
Mabus went on to discuss how his focus areas of people, platforms, power and partnerships support the Navy and Marine Corps' ability to maintain a worldwide presence.
Much of the focus, however, was on people.
"People are the edge we have," said Mabus, "and we're trying to do things for Sailors and Marines like increasing sea pay."
Following the all-hands call, Mabus took the time to answer questions from Sailors and Marines in attendance and pose for photos.
While at the base, he also visited with Marines assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Kings Bay and toured USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), the Trident Refit Facility and Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic.
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