WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The 49th Annual 2014 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition began at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. with an official opening ceremony, April 7.
The Sea-Air-Space Expo is an annual event that brings together key military decision makers, the U.S. defense industrial base and private-sector U.S. companies for an innovative and educational maritime based event.
"This is a landmark event, for maritime, really for our maritime enterprise," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "To do the kind of things around the world that we need to do in and out, we've got to innovate."
During the opening ceremony, service chiefs from the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard each spoke about the importance of their respective services as well as the importance of working together as a team.
"We need to operate forward where it matters and we got to be there when it matters, because nothing else matters," said Greenert. "And that's, simply put, what we're about, day in, day out. And the 'we' is all of us up here. It's the Navy, it's the Marine Corps and it's the Coast Guard together, supported by the maritime administration."
The 2014 Sea-Air-Space features more than 175 industry exhibits, opportunities to learn about and test advanced military equipment, professional development sessions, and daily exhibit hall floor speaker sessions.
The Sea-Air-Space Expo is free and open to active duty, reserve and retired military, federal and state government employees, members of congress and their staff, and Navy League members.