WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operation (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute where he discussed 21st century seapower and its role in the nation's global interests, Nov. 16.
Roughead talked about the Navy's current global responsibilities both ashore and at sea and its commitment to achieving success.
"Globally today, we have about 61,000 sailors who are deployed and about 40 percent of our ships and submarines, our aircraft squadrons are deployed around the globe," said Roughead.
CNO discussed the increasing importance of seapower as an era of increasing globalization.
"The globalized world we live in and the benefits we derive from that world really stem from that which moves on the world's oceans."
"Without a global Navy, without a Navy who can influence in those regions, we forfeit the opportunity, and the ability to shape that region and to be able to cooperate and work closely with our friends, our allies and our partners who are there," said Roughead.
"I believe that credible seapower can form the basis for not only what we do today, but for how we shape the future," he said.
CNO said the Navy not only acts as a military deterrent by providing sea control, power projection and maritime security around the world, but also provides humanitarian assistance and disaster response which reinforces the importance of today's Navy being a 'Global Force for Good.'
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