CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (NNS) -- Naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry gathered to discuss the surface Navy's future at the 28th Annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) Symposium in Crystal City, Jan. 12.
The symposium, Jan. 12-15, provides an opportunity for discussions on a broad range of professional and career issues for the surface community.
This year's theme is "The Surface Warfare Strategy: A View Beyond the Horizon."
The event features government-contracted defense companies, suppliers and commands exhibiting the latest in surface warfare technology and the way ahead for future research and development.
"As the character of the game and the competitors get smarter, we have to make sure that we are thinking of new ways to do business," said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. "As we move forward, we need to bring forth new ideas to make sure we are not falling behind the performance curve."
Other first-day speakers included Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, Director, Surface Warfare Division (OPNAV N96), Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (OPNAV 95), Rear Adm. James Kilby, Commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Fleet Master Chief Paul Kingsbury, Fleet Forces Command.
The SNA was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in naval surface warfare and to support the activities of surface naval forces.
For more information about the SNA, visit http://www.navysna.org/.