ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT) embarked USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) for a two-day visit to the Navy's newest aircraft carrier Aug. 23-24.
"It's always great to be out here with all the Sailors that are making it happen every day," said Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch during an all-hands call in the ship's hangar bay.
Branch took the opportunity to talk with the Sailors about some of the issues in today's Navy, such as the new budget plan, possible changes to retirement benefits and current operations around the world.
"We have experienced unmatched readiness and an increase in operational tempo," said Branch. "We've done such a good job that the demand for operational deployments has increased."
He thanked the Sailors for their great work and continued commitment during the ship's first operational deployment.
"You all have a unique opportunity to write the history of this great ship," said Branch. "I would say that you're off to a great start."
George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
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