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My Guidance to Pacific Fleet Sailors

PEARL HARBOR (April 26, 2016) Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to Sailors assigned to the Pacific Surface Action Group (SAG) during an all-hands call aboard USS Momsen (DDG 92). The Pacific SAG includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Spruance (DDG 111), and Momsen, and is deploying to the Western Pacific. The U.S. 3rd Fleet commander will retain operational control of the SAG throughout the deployment, including in waters west of the international date line. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)

By Adm. Scott Swift Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Not long after arriving, I released my initial Commander’s guidance. In my 14 or so months since as the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, I’ve had the privilege to travel throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and witness first-hand our Sailors, allies and partners in …

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Our Greatest Asset, the American Sailor

QINGDAO, China (August 8, 2016) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) man the rails while pulling in for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis/Released)

By Cmdr. Justin Harts Commanding officer, USS Benfold (DDG 65) A few days ago, I was asked to contribute to the Navy Live blog to describe what it was like commanding a U.S. warship during a rare port visit to China and to share my thoughts with people about life …

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SECNAV Statement on Attack in Orlando, Florida

NORFOLK (June 13, 2016) The flag flies at half staff aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk. President Barack Obama ordered all United States flags to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued the following statement today in regards to this weekend’s attack in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and 53 people injured: “Our thoughts are with the people of Orlando and the LGBT community as we all continue to mourn the victims of this …

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Constellations to Steer by in Middle Pacific

HONOLULU (Jan. 22, 2011) Sailors sand down pieces of a Polynesian canoe for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, who plans on sailing the canoe around the world using ancient techniques without any electronics or navigation equipment. Sailors assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) and Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii spent the day restoring the canoe, support vessels and work areas while learning about ancient Hawaiian culture in the process. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul D. Honnick/Released)

By Rear Adm. John Fuller Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Last Wednesday, June 8, was World Oceans Day, which makes this a good time to reflect on our Navy’s commitment here in Middle Pacific – in the world’s biggest ocean – and consider our shared …

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What is Our Navy’s Role? What does Our Future Hold?

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By Adm. John Richardson Chief of Naval Operations America is a maritime nation, and our prosperity is tied to our ability to operate freely in the maritime environment. Today’s strategic environment is increasingly globalized and increasingly competitive. Global systems are used more, stressed more and contested more. The maritime system, …

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Staying Out of Trouble During March Madness

By Lt. Kathy Paradis U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Mid-March generally brings to mind warmer temperatures, longer days, and perhaps a little luck o’ the Irish. For many sports fans, it also marks the beginning of one of the most wonderful times of the year: the NCAA March Madness …

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CNO Testifies on FY17 Navy Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON (March 2, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense (SAC-D) about the Department of Navy's fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)

On March 2, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee-Defense with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller about the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ FY17 budget request. Below are Adm. Richardson’s opening remarks. I am honored and humbled for the …

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