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Chief of Naval Operations Releases Podcast on Building the Fleet of the Future

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Story Number: NNS080301-05
Release Date: 3/1/2008 10:25:00 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead discussed the future force of the Navy, new technology and how Sailors are a vital role in the Navy's mission in his most recent podcast.

In the podcast he refers to his recent shipyard facility tours across the country.

"My shipyard tours have been really helpful to me and they fully accomplished what I intended," Roughead said. "It was important for me to be able to see what they were doing, see what kind of innovation is being put into the production of our ships."

Roughead emphasized that 313 ships is the 'floor' for the future fleet and the importance of maintaining the appropriate balance of capability and capacity in the Fleet.

"We are a global Navy. We have been and we will continue to be a global Navy. And in order to cover the vast oceans of the world numbers matter. And I believe 313 is the minimum we can afford to have," he emphasized.

Roughead also addressed the Maritime Strategy's six core capabilities and how they determine his plans for the fleet of the future. Those capabilities are forward presence, deterrence, power projection, sea control, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.

"When we look to the future and what we're going to buy we must be able to tie what we are buying to those capabilities," Roughead said. "Everything we buy must tie into that maritime strategy."

But, Roughead stressed that the fleet of the future will not be possible without Sailors, Navy civilians and their families to support it.

"We can buy very expensive ships and very expensive airplanes, but they have no value until our Sailors get in them and make them do things I don't even think the engineers had on their plate when we started," Roughead said.

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