University of Southern California Welcomes New Maritime Strategy Discussions

Story Number: NNS080421-15Release Date: 4/21/2008 4:22:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Thompson, Navy Office of Information, West Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- Students and faculty from the University of Southern California (USC) gathered inside the campus library, April 15, to discuss the new joint-service Maritime Strategy with representatives of the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps during a "Conversations with the Country" public forum.

Over 30 people attended and participated in the maritime discussion. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans and Strategy, Vice Adm. John Morgan began the forum by explaining the significance of taking the Maritime Strategy on the road and around the country.

"The American public has sort of taken seapower for granted," said Morgan. "Ninety percent of the global GDP (gross domestic product) floats across the ocean world. Yet the role of American seapower, despite how it has served us [this country] so well up to this point and how it is so important to our future; the average American does not know what we do."

Director, U.S. Navy Strategic Action Group, Capt. Dan Cloyd, outlined the Maritime Strategy for the students, indicating the focus of the strategy was on six core maritime capabilities: forward presence of maritime forces; deterrence; sea control; power projection; maritime security; and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.

William Cody Wright, a Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipman, appreciated the opportunity to have the maritime strategy explained in detail.

"This is important for me because of what I will be involved with," said Wright. "This really made an important impression on me to hear how the maritime strategy applies to the things I will be doing after college."

A special emphasis was placed on the global impact of humanitarian efforts preformed by the sea services during an open panel with representatives of each branch. The continual mission of the hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) along with the quick response operations of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with the tsunami effort in Indonesia and the evacuation of nearly 15,000 American citizens from Lebanon on the USS Nashville (LPD 13) helped students understand another side of the sea services.

James Dawson, an international studies major, found the discussion on military humanitarian missions to be very beneficial.

"This meeting really helped me understand how Navy war power combined with their humanitarian powers relates to other nations within a global mission," said Dawson.

After the campus conversation, Morgan met with the USC Dean of School of International Relations.

Morgan and other senior officers from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, where also in Los Angeles to conduct a symposium and discussion on the new maritime strategy for local business civil leaders.

"Conversations with the Country" brings together a cross-section of American society to openly discuss the future roles of the sea services in protecting the homeland and working with global partners to prevent war.

For more information on the Maritime Strategy, visit

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