CNO Visits Bataan During Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts


Story Number: NNS050911-04Release Date: 9/11/2005 11:16:00 AM
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By Journalist Seaman Joanne De Vera, USS Bataan Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BATAAN, Gulf of Mexico (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visited USS Bataan (LHD 5) Sept. 10 while the ship was at anchor off the coast of Gulfport, Miss., supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

It was one of numerous stops for the CNO during his daylong visit to the Katrina joint operations area (JOA).

The CNO was on board to visit the crew of the first Navy warship on scene for Hurricane Katrina relief operations and to say "thank you" at an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay.

The Navy's top officer told Bataan Sailors that everyone's job on the ship plays a role in the relief efforts.

"This is a team deal," said Mullen. "It takes everybody to make it happen, and it has been a spectacular operation. If I had to associate one name with the immediate assistance that was available, it would be Bataan. It's really great to see the response from the Navy come so quickly in this tragedy. It was a very positive message for our nation."

Mullen also told the crew that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. "You've made a huge difference, and you make me proud to be in the Navy," Mullen said. "Bataan means a lot - not just to the families and not just to the Norfolk area, but to our Navy, to our nation and to our world."

During his short stay on board, he also visited Sailors in one of Bataan's engineering plants.

For more information on USS Bataan, visit the ship's website at www.bataan.navy.mil.

For the latest Navy news on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/hurricane/.

 
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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Michael G. Mullen, talks with USS Bataan (LHD 5) Commanding Officer, Capt. Nora Tyson, after addressing the crew during an All hands Call.
050910-N-8154G-142 Gulf of Mexico (Sept. 10, 2005) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Michael G. Mullen, talks with USS Bataan (LHD 5) Commanding Officer, Capt. Nora Tyson, after addressing the crew during an All hands Call. Bataan is anchored of the Coast of Mississippi providing relief for Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast. The Navy's involvement in the humanitarian assistance operation is being lead by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jeremy L. Grisham (RELEASED)
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