Surface Forces Host Staff Talks to Increase Readiness

Story Number: NNS190809-07Release Date: 8/9/2019 11:09:00 AM
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From Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) and Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (CNSL) participated in Surface Type Commander Staff Talks, Aug. 7-8, at Naval Station Norfolk.

Pacific and Atlantic personnel shared data, exchanged dialogue, and aligned processes and policies to increase the readiness and lethality of the Surface Force.

CNSP and CNSL commanders, Vice Adm. Richard Brown and Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., respectively, hosted Staff Talks at the CNSL headquarters. While in Norfolk, Brown also hosted an all-hands call with Norfolk-based Surface Warfare Officers.

"Our staffs exist to put our ships to sea, and if required by our Nation, to have them fight, win and come home," said Brown. "To do that, we need combat ready ships with battle-minded crews. Staff Talks ensure we’re aligned to best prepare our crews for the High-End Fight."

More than 50 service members and civilians participated in the two-day meeting, which included personnel from CNSP, CNSL, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) One, LCSRON Two, the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants, Regional Maintenance Center, Afloat Training Group Atlantic, and the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.

Discussions focused mainly on manning, training and equipping of Littoral Combat Ships. Other topics included recent revision to the Surface Force Training and Readiness Manual, minimal notice Board of Inspection and Survey, and lessons learned.

"Together, we must continue to be ready to fight and win across the range of military operations as we return to Great Power Competition," said Rear Adm. Jesse. A. Wilson Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. "We must remain competent, confident, proficient, and continue to harness all of our talents and skills to be the best and finest lethal fighting force while we build the Navy the nation needs."

This was the third time CNSP and CNSL held Staff Talks. The previous meeting took place in January in San Diego.


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