Military Officials Speak About Being Ready

Story Number: NNS140409-20Release Date: 4/9/2014 9:08:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jules Stobaugh, Defense Media Activity Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Leading officials from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard spoke about being ready for and overcoming conflict in the maritime services at the 2014 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., April 9.

The Sea-Air-Space Expo is an annual event that brings together key military decision makers, the U.S. defense industrial base and private-sector U.S. companies for an innovative and educational maritime based event.

Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson began the discussion panel with some opening remarks about what it means to be ready.

"The overarching theme of this year's Sea-Air-Space Exposition is forward, mobile, ready," said Tyson. "Without readiness, you really can't do anything else. You can't be forward, you can't be mobile and you can't be an effective warfighter."

Commander, Naval Surface Forces Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Vice Adm. Tom Copeman spoke about the magnitude of what it takes for the Navy's surface ships and Sailors to be ready.

"When they take in those lines at the pier from San Diego, Everett, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, Mayport, wherever they're deployed overseas, they've got to be ready to do everything," said Copeman. "They've got to be ready to navigate in good weather and foul. They've got to be ready to get out of the harbor and avoid threats in the harbor. And when they get out to sea, they've got to be ready to do anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, missile defense, air defense, mine counter-measures, amphibious warfare, cyber warfare, electronic warfare, HADR slot protection. That's all just on the morning watch."

Tyson closed the discussion panel by thanking the attendees and her fellow panelists.

"I want to say thank you to everybody for being here this afternoon, for your support." said Tyson. "I certainly want to thank my fellow panel members for taking the time to be a part of this today."

The 2014 Sea-Air-Space features more than 175 industry exhibits, opportunities to learn about and test advanced military equipment, professional development sessions, and daily exhibit hall floor speaker sessions.
The Sea-Air-Space Expo is free and open to active duty, reserve and retired military, federal and state government employees, members of congress and their staff, and Navy League members.

For more information on the Sea Air Space Expo 2014, visit

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