CNO Says Navy Taking Fight to Enemy in Afghanistan

Story Number: NNS011116-08Release Date: 11/16/2001 9:36:00 AM
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By Chief Journalist Walter T. Ham IV, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy is taking the fight to the Taliban and the al Qaeda terrorist network in Afghanistan, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark.

"We own the day and we own the night," the CNO said in an interview on the deck of USS Wisconsin (BB 64) in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 6.

Clark said the forward presence of more than 30,000 Sailors and two dozen ships is being felt on the ground in Afghanistan. He added that airstrikes from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) carrier battle groups, along with support from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) amphibious ready group, demonstrate the agility and strength of the Navy and Marine Corps team.

"We will be called upon to use naval forces in traditional and non-traditional ways," the CNO said. "This war is shaping what we do today and what we will do tomorrow and in the future."

Clark also said it will take time to root out and destroy terrorist networks and nations that harbor them.

"This enemy is unlike any that our nation has fought before. They are a group of non-stage actors in a transnational network dedicated to reaching their goals through indiscriminate killing and terror," he said.

The CNO emphasized that the war on terrorism will require the dedicated service of everyone in uniform.

"The President told Congress on 20 September that our military will make us proud," the CNO said. "We are, in fact, making America proud."

For more information on the CNO, go to and select "Site Index," then select "C" for Chiefs of Naval Operations.

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011018-N-6187M-007 At sea aboard USS Enterprise (Oct. 18, 2001) -- U.S. Navy sailors inspect AGM-65 "Maverick" air-to-surface tactical missiles on the flight deck of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Lance H. Mayhew Jr.
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