CNO, MCPON Visit Sailors in Hampton Roads

29 October 2020
CNO Gilday and MCPON Smith visited Sailors during a day-trip to Norfolk, Oct. 29.

WASHINGTON  – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith visited Sailors during a day-trip to Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 29.

During their visit, CNO and MCPON met with Sailors aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), at Naval Information Forces command as well as Naval Special Warfare units to hear their feedback first-hand.

“I could not be more proud of the work our Sailors are doing in Hampton Roads and am truly impressed by their personal response to remain mission ready here – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gilday. “Sailors are our most important weapons system, and hearing directly from them - especially during a time like this – helps ensure that we are the most ready Navy we can be.”

At each of the commands, CNO and MCPON spoke with leadership, met with Sailors, toured the spaces and facilities, were briefed on the full range of capabilities of each warfare community, and had the opportunity to discuss training, maintenance, operational readiness and modernization.

“Our Navy succeeds because of the tenacity, perseverance and strength our Sailors,” said Smith. “The engagements we had today with our Sailors make me confident that our warfighters are ready, and the future of our Navy is bright.”

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