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MCPON Visits Rota, Focuses on QOL and FDNF

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121017-13

From Naval Station Rota Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens visited Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 15 - 17, to evaluate Rota's progress toward homeporting four destroyers here as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) beginning in 2014.

The visit provided Sailors with an opportunity to interact with Navy senior enlisted leadership and gave Stevens a firsthand look at the base's ability to host the four ships, their crew and families and to support the ships' missions.

"A couple of months ago MCPON West visited Rota, Spain because he knew we were going to be deploying ships here in the future. So we wanted to come back and follow up on what he had seen," said Stevens. "We needed to see what improvements have been made, what we need to continue to work on and the quality of life here, so when the ships and their families arrive, the transition can be as smooth as possible."

Stevens toured David Glasgow Farragut schools, base housing, barracks, the Navy Exchange and commissary complex, the hospital during his visit, focusing on quality of life standards and preparations being made ahead of FDNF.

"We know that there is going to be a surge of new Sailors and their families once the four ships arrive, but I will tell you that the Sailors and civilians stationed here are doing a great job in anticipating and making preparations for those Sailors and families," said Stevens.

Stevens said he has been impressed during his visit with the FDNF preparations and improvements made so far as well as the great relationship between the United States and Spanish navies and communities.

"The last couple of days have been amazing. I have met some great people," said Stevens. "I think that Rota has the right people, in the right place, at the right time to ensure that Naval Station Rota continues a legacy of excellence and is able to provide for the Navy and for the community what we need in the foreseeable future. My hat is off to everyone stationed here in Rota. What an exciting time and an exciting place to be."

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