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NAVADMIN 196/19
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SUBJ/CNO MESSAGE TO THE FLEET//
RMKS/1. I am humbled and honored to be your Chief of
Naval Operations. Together, we are part of the greatest
Navy in the world. Everyone on our team – Officers and
Enlisted Sailors, Active and Reserve, Uniformed and
Civilian – plays an important part in making sure we not
only remain the greatest Navy in the world, but that we
get even better.
2. For the first time in a very long time, we face
serious challenges at sea around the world. For decades,
we have taken for granted that no other blue-water navy
would dare take us on. Thats no longer true.
3. The U.S. Navy will continue to be a global force for
security and stability. But there are other nations who
would use their maritime forces to threaten the freedom of
the seas, to intimidate their neighbors, or to coerce
others in violation of international law. Those maritime
forces are growing in numbers and in strength. Still
others know they cannot take us on at sea, but will try to
attack our Navy in areas like cyber.
4. Rapidly modernizing our Navy and keeping pace with
technology will remain a priority for us. However, I
still believe what my first Chief told me: that people are
our most important weapons system. A well-trained force
is our competitive advantage. I look forward to hearing
your feedback to make improvements for Sailors and their
families.
5. I have a great sense of urgency to get after solutions
to the challenges we face. In the coming weeks, my FIRST
priority will be visiting with many of you. I will work
with our leaders in the fleets, with our Marine Corps
teammates, and with our other joint service and
international partners as we develop our way ahead to meet
these challenges.
6. We will question our assumptions. We will think
differently about the competition we are now in. We will
be the Navy the nation needs now and we will build the
Navy the nation needs to fight and win in the future
7. What remains constant are our core values of honor,
courage and commitment. We will remain true to our core
attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and
toughness. We will remain the premier Navy in the world
and I know we will be even better tomorrow than we are
today.
8. Further detailed guidance will be issued within 45
days.
9. Thank you for all you do for our Navy and for each
other. Ill see you out in the fleet.
10. Released by ADM M. M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//
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