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Naval Base San Diego Hosts Surface Navy Association West Coast Symposium

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Story Number: NNS080829-10
Release Date: 8/29/2008 4:03:00 PM

By Walter T. Ham IV, Naval Base San Diego Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) hosted the Surface Navy Association's West Coast Symposium Aug. 28.

Held in tents on the waterfront, the symposium took the Sailors and civilians on a global tour of the Maritime Strategy, from the Pacific Ocean to the North Persian Gulf.

NBSD Commanding Officer and SNA San Diego President, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Dixon Smith, served as the master of ceremonies and welcomed the opening speaker, Naval Surface Forces Commander Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis.

"It was a true honor to host this symposium here," said Smith. "We were blessed to have many senior naval officers, surface warriors and friends of our surface Navy to participate in this event."

Expanding on the global focus of the symposium, the first speaker was International Programs Office Director Rear. Adm. Nevin P. Carr Jr., who discussed the importance of interoperability.

Within sight of warships that have deployed around the world, the next series of speakers focused on how their commands are executing the maritime strategy. Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Commander, Rear Adm. Philip H. Greene, Jr.; Pacific Command Director of Operations, Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio; and former U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Deputy Commander, Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift discussed the unique nature of their areas of operation.

The symposium then moved aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for lunch. The featured guest speaker was retired Navy Capt. Jeffrey Bacon, author of the Broadside cartoon in Navy Times.

Following lunch, out-going Naval Surface Forces Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Michael D. Schanche and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8) Vice Adm. Bernard McCullough III addressed the gathering.

While the speakers focused on the changes taking place in the surface Navy in support of the Maritime Strategy, they all praised the Sailors who take the surface Navy to sea.

"We are very proud of the people who represent us halfway around the world," said McCullough.

Following the presentations, the SNA members met with the Navy's senior surface warriors who were attending the Surface Warfare Flag Officer Training Symposium with Curtis.

Formed in 1985, the SNA promotes coordination and communication among military, business and academic leaders who share an interest in naval surface warfare and supports the activities of surface naval forces.

Supporting 53 ships, more than 120 tenant commands and more than 35,000 service members and civilian employees, NBSD is home to the majority of the Pacific Fleet's surface combatants, all of the Navy's West Coast amphibious ships and a variety of Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command vessels.

For more news from Naval Base San Diego, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/NBSD/.



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