JACKSONVILLE, Florida (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport Sept. 17.
“Sailors are our asymmetric advantage in an increasingly complex world and it is really important to me that I meet with Sailors across the Navy – today in Florida – to hear what’s on their minds and listen to their concerns,” Gilday said.
Gilday and Smith met with Sailors and toured a variety of commands including Patrol Squadron (VP-26), Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP-19), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM-40), USS Detroit (LCS-7) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Operational Trainer Facility (LTF).
“From the unmanned capability at VUP-19, to the pioneering LCS Operational Trainer Facility, I saw our Navy’s innovative and advanced capabilities firsthand today here in Florida,” Gilday said. “I’m so proud and impressed by the work our Sailors are doing to leverage our Navy’s cutting-edge technology day in and day out.”
Smith shared similar thoughts. “When we speak about our asymmetric advantage, this is exactly what we’re talking about,” he said. “Sailors’ skill, precision, and willingness to learn are going to be the difference between our ships merely surviving and them sailing off victoriously after any battle or challenge that crosses their path. I’m proud of them and glad I could see the tremendous training and work they’re getting after here in Florida.”
This is Gilday's and Smith’s first trip together since the CNO assumed the office Aug. 22.
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