Statement of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker on the Passing of Senator John Warner

26 May 2021
The Department of the Navy mourns the passing of Senator John Warner.

It is with great sadness that the Department of the Navy mourns the passing of Senator John Warner, a true giant in the Naval history of the United States of America. The only Secretary of the Navy to have served in both the Navy and Marine Corps, Senator Warner brought a level of understanding and experience to the office that has never been paralleled, and he used his time here to make life better for all Sailors and Marines as well as their families.

From his time as an enlisted Sailor in World War II, to his service as a Marine Officer during the Korean War, to his service as Secretary of the Navy and United States Senator through the thick of the Cold War, Senator Warner was a proven warrior who understood the need for strength and readiness in our Fleet and Force.

But his greatest legacy stands in his work for peace. As head of the US Delegation which met in Moscow in October 1971 and again in Washington, DC, in May of 1972 to discuss incidents at sea between US and Soviet naval units, Secretary Warner successfully negotiated an Executive Agreement on Incidents at Sea between the world’s great powers that continues to protect the lives of our personnel and the freedom of the seas to this day.

On behalf of every one of Senator John Warner’s fellow Sailors, fellow Marines, and fellow civilian leaders, I offer my deepest condolences to the entire Warner family on the passing of this great American.

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