WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) released a podcast Nov. 6 during which he explained his Guidance for 2009 and the Navy Ethos.
Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, said the purpose of this year's Guidance is to focus the attention of the Navy on things that are going to be important as Sailors carry out the Maritime Strategy. The 2009 Guidance reaffirms the vision, mission, guiding principles and focus areas articulated in the 2008 Guidance and provides additional context for the 18 intentions.
"The direction that I saw the Navy needing to go in 2008 is the same direction where we must go in 2009. It's to carry out our maritime strategy: to perform and be competent in the capability areas that we talked about of deterrence, being a forward Navy, being able to provide power projection and exercise sea control and also to be able to conduct humanitarian assistance/disaster response and maritime security," Roughead said.
"The Guidance just puts a little more detail on it and sets the course for 2009."
CNO also discussed the development of Navy Ethos and how it is the service's overarching set of beliefs, embracing Navy core values and complementing the Sailor's Creed, community-specific creeds and the civilian oath of office.
"The Navy Ethos is who we are. It describes our character. It describes our values. It describes what we believe. And as a Navy it captures our character and says it very clearly," Roughead said.
To listen to the CNO's podcast, visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/cnopList.asp.
To read the Navy Ethos, visit http://www.navy.mil/features/ethos/navy_ethos.html.
To read the 2009 CNO Guidance, visit http://www.navy.mil/docs/cno_guidance.pdf.
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