Leaders, Community Celebrate Great White Fleet Aboard Nassau

Story Number: NNS081015-02Release Date: 10/15/2008 12:36:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Riza Caparros, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

NEW YORK (NNS) -- The amphibious transport ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) visited New York City and took part in Navy Birthday, Columbus Day and Great White Fleet festivities Oct. 12, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.

During a reception on board, Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), spoke about the history of the Great White Fleet and how Roosevelt's vision of a strong Navy is still recognized and utilized today.

"Our Navy was built on great traditions," said Winter, "including humanitarian aid and building relations between our Navy and partnering navies to work together toward a common goal of maritime security."

When discussing the Great White Fleet's influence on today's Navy, Winter said America is a respected world power, with a strong Navy leading the way, and "now one hundred years later, the future of the United States as a great nation continues to depend on our continued maritime superiority."

CMDCM(AW/SW) Stanley Kopiczak, Nassau's command master chief, spoke about the event and what it means to recognize the anniversary of the Great White Fleet.

"I think the crew should be proud to have the event take place on our ship," said Kopiczak. "We remember the Great White Fleet and the humanitarian relief aid they provided to Italy. We just returned from providing humanitarian aid to our own country; we should be proud to carry on the vision of Theodore Roosevelt."

Louise Tallarini, president of Columbus Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit organization recognizing Italian-Americans and their achievements, addressed the crowd during the shipboard reception. He referenced the Great White Fleet's humanitarian relief to Italy after an earthquake devastated the city of Messina.

"We support our military, and we thank you," said Tallarini.

For more news from USS Nassau visit www.navy.mil/local/lha4/.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Donald C. Winter and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert cut a cake during a commemoration ceremony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet.
081012-N-5758H-403 NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2008) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Donald C. Winter and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, cut a cake during a commemoration ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix/Released)
October 14, 2008
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