Below are the AS-DELIVERED Opening Remarks by CNO Gilday at HAC-D Navy Posture Hearing.
Chairwoman McCollum, Ranking Member Calvert, distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for your enduring support for our Navy and Marine Corps team and the opportunity to discuss both our posture and future priorities this morning with Secretary Harker and Commandant Berger.
Today… more than 40,000 Sailors are at sea, on more than 100 ships, most of them are forward deployed... they’re deterring conflict…safeguarding opportunity …and I think they’re keeping America and our allies safe.
In the last year … our Sailors and Marines operated above, on and under the seas from the Arctic to the Cape of Good Hope…from the Caribbean to the South China Sea…to the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans….. And our routine presence include major economic arteries like the Suez, the Panama Canal, Strait of Hormuz, Malacca and Gibraltar.
Our cyber teams stood watch and are standing constant watch over our networks…your ballistic missile submarines are maintaining their steady, silent patrols.
Expeditionary medical teams and hospital ships deployed to COVID hotspots across our country. And we continue to assist with vaccinations today.
We demonstrated our first successful Standard Missile intercept of an ICBM… we disabled a target aircraft using ship-based laser technology…and we just finished this week, our largest exercise to date using a full range of unmanned ships and aircraft.
Your Sailors…Your Navy civilians…and our families made all of this possible…. Along with patriots in our shipyards and our aircraft maintenance facilities, and our mobilized Navy reservists, and our partners in industry - companies large and small - who kept the production lines moving, and sustainment of the Navy, making a very high op-tempo possible.
All of this …in a global pandemic.
Those people are the foundation of our strength and I could not be more proud to serve alongside them. And their strength is needed now…more than ever.
Competition on…under…and above the seas is intensifying. China and Russia are rapidly mobilizing their militaries…attempting to undermine our alliances…and degrading the free and open international order we’ve worked so hard to sustain.
Our Joint Force relies on the Navy and Marine Corps to control the seas in conflict and project power ashore. Those missions are timeless. And while our Fleet can deliver on those missions today… we will be increasingly challenged to do so in the future.
We have studied the threat… we’ve refined our operational concepts…and we analyzed what the Joint Force needs from your Navy and Marine Corps.
The results of analysis in the past five years have been consistent and crystal clear…America needs a larger, more capable Navy.
We need greater numbers of submarines… smaller and more numerous surface combatants… and more lethal offensive capabilities…a host of unmanned platforms – under, on, and above the seas – and a modern strategic deterrent.
We also need and are working hard on a more robust, resilient, network infrastructure.
But importantly, naval power is not a function of ship numbers alone… nor is it simply a result of the lethal systems on our ships. It also comes from the concepts that shape how we fight…and the means to maintain, train, and equip our forces to win in combat.
And fundamentally, and most importantly, it comes down to our Sailors and Navy civilians. And we are committed to developing Sailors who can outthink and outfight and adversary.
Let there be no doubt…the world’s oceans are crucial for America’s security and our prosperity. With your continued support, your Navy is committed, your Sailors are committed and determined, to field a lethal Navy today…and deliver the Naval Power America needs tomorrow.
Again, we are grateful for your enduring support to the Navy and Marine Corps team. I look forward to answering your questions. Thank you.
29 April 2021
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