Vice President Visits USS John C. Stennis
Story Number: NNS070511-03
Release Date: 5/11/2007 1:38:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice President Dick Cheney visited the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while underway in the Persian Gulf to meet with more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines on May 11.
Cheney's visit to Stennis came during his visit to the Middle east in which he met with leaders of several nations and with U.S. troops and their commanders in the Persian Gulf region. He came aboard Stennis to personally acknowledge contributions to ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and maritime security operations (MSO) in the region.
“Throughout the region, our country has a mission to protect and a commitment to honor,” said Cheney. “America is a nation that keeps its promises and for that we send the United Sates military.”
The vice president also noted that the sacrifices of other American Sailors in the U.S. 5th Fleet are making the world a safer and better place for future generations.
“I’ve never been so proud of the United States Navy,” said Cheney. “It’s an incredibly challenging time for the country. You’re doing all that we ask of you, and you’re doing it with skill and with honor. I’m here to say 'thank you.'”
This visit by Cheney marked his second trip to Stennis in five years during his tenure as vice president. In early 2002, Cheney came aboard Stennis to recognize the ship’s efforts that marked the beginning of the U.S. Navy’s ongoing support for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Brad Johanson, expressed what Cheney’s visit meant to the Sailors and Marines aboard the ship.
“It is a distinct honor to host the vice president of the United States of America on board Stennis,” said Johanson. “His visit today sends a clear message how essential our mission is to ensuring our nation’s security and the president’s vision for global stability. The vice president’s visit in the Gulf to Stennis reaffirms our nation’s leadership is committed to our mission, our service, and our Sailors and Marines.”
Sailors and Marines appreciated the visit from the vice president.
“It’s a morale booster for the crew and an honor to have the vice president on board our ship,” said Personnelman Seaman Chris Rasco, from Supply Department. “It shows that our actions here in the area are being noticed.”
Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 reached the halfway point in the strike group’s deployment, May 10.
“There is a sense of accomplishment,” said Rasco. “There is no better way to show how much we have done than to have the vice president come out here. It shows us that what we are doing definitely has an impact.”
Stennis and its strike group entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations Feb. 19 to conduct tactical air combat strikes in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as to conduct MSO in regional waters.
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