JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), held a commander's call, March 9, aboard guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport to engage with the ship's leadership.
Brown is using face-to-face dialogues with leaders in the fleet to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains "the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest naval surface force" in the world.
The commander's call aboard The Sullivans also provided a special opportunity for Brown who had commanded the ship earlier in his career.
"In 2003, I was honored to be assigned as the commanding officer of USS The Sullivans, named after the five Sullivan brothers George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al, from Waterloo, Iowa," said Brown. "I was the fifth commanding officer of a ship named for five brothers. My mother's maiden name is Sullivan. Her mother's maiden name is Sullivan. I was the first Irish commanding officer of the ship, and the first to take the ship to Ireland. It seems like I was destined to command that ship."
Brown expressed to leaders that his memories on The Sullivans are some of his most cherished.
"I have a deep affinity for this ship," said Brown. "I knew when I was coming to NAVSTA Mayport, I had to make a point to come to this ship too."
Brown focused his discussions on leadership responsibilities and encouraged the group to identify ways in which they can improve all around to build a tactically and technically proficient force.
"To be the most effective leader, you not only have to know your job, but you need to know your boss's job and the jobs of those you lead so we are as efficient as possible," said Brown.
Brown also visited Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 while at NAVSTA Mayport, and recently visited several other ships and facilities on board Naval Base Coronado and NAVSTA Norfolk, with plans to visit as many ships as he can throughout 2018.
Brown assumed command of CNSF and CNSP, Jan. 18, and is visiting waterfront leaders and crews aboard their ships and facilities to allow commanding officers an opportunity to provide him with updates regarding surface-related recommendations of the Strategic Readiness Review and Comprehensive Review, and to receive direct feedback on how to provide the fleet with the support it expects and needs.
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