PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. met with Sailors and Marines of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, at Naval Air Station Pensacola on May 9.
Mullen said he'd been looking forward to visiting the team for about 18 months, and expressed his gratitude to the team -- including family members -- for their dedication to duty.
"From a leadership perspective, I'm greatly appreciative of what you do," CNO said. He added that no other group in the Navy receives more public recognition than the Blues.
Both CNO and MCPON offered their condolences to the team for the recent loss of Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis of Pittsfield, Mass., the Angels' No. 6 pilot. Davis died April 21 when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed during the final moments of an air show in Beaufort, S.C. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
"I watched how we handled it as a Navy, and I watched how you handled it as a squadron," Mullen said. "You couldn't have done it any better, but I'm not surprised."
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