CNO, MCPON Visit Florida Sailors

US Navy

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russ Smith travelled to Florida to meet with Sailors, speak with local leadership, and visit a variety of commands, March 3-4.

WASHINGTON Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russ Smith travelled to Florida, March 3-4, to meet with Sailors, speak with leadership, and visit a variety of commands in the sunshine state.

“Our Sailors – uniform and civilian – are the strength of our Navy and from what I’ve seen first-hand during this visit, our team is strong,” said Gilday. “The innovation, dedication and perseverance of our Sailors and their families impresses me every day. I could not be more proud of the work our Sailors are doing here and am truly impressed by their personal response to remain mission ready.”

While at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, CNO and MCPON met with Commander, 4th Fleet Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson and Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, Rear Adm. Brad Cooper to see and discuss wharf recapitalization efforts. They also saw the joint COVID vaccination site, and visited Sailors aboard USS Billings (LCS 15) and USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117).

In Orlando, CNO and MCPON met with Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division leadership saw the Live, Virtual, Constructive, Development and Operations Center, as well as Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) program updates.

“Ready Relevant Learning is how we train future fleet Sailors,” said Smith. “At its core, RRL is about creating more proficient and technically capable Sailors as they head to operational fleet units. That means training that will be resident on the waterfront, flight line and eventually available on our afloat units.”

At the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Florida, CNO and MCPON received updates about programs like unmanned surface vehicle and unmanned systems and the NavalX Gulf Coast Tech Bridge.

“As we adapt to an increasingly complex security environment, it is imperative that the Navy develop a warfighting network of networks to support a future fleet of manned and unmanned vessels,” said Gilday. “Information has become the cornerstone of how we operate, and we need to be able to decide and act faster than anyone else. Simply put, Project Overmatch will provide us a decision advantage over our adversaries and help us deliver a more lethal and better-connected fleet far into the future. This is a top priority – we must deliver it.”

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