SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of San Diego, the West Coast Surface Navy Association (SNA) Symposium and conducted an all-hands call with Sailors in San Diego Aug. 26.
CNO Adm. Gary Roughead spoke at the SNA Symposium about the current Navy, its capabilities, its manning and the role of unmanned vehicles in the future of the Navy.
CNO said the SNA Symposium served as a good opportunity for him to discuss surface warfare in the Navy and for others to bring their ideas and questions to him.
"I think it's important that I give you the opportunity to share your thoughts with me because the questions you have, the ideas you have enable me to do a better job when I go back to [Washington D.C.]," said Roughead.
He also was the keynote speaker for the Rotary Club's meeting where he discussed general naval operations, current readiness and future plans for the Navy.
He identified how the Rotary Club's mission continues to influence the Navy and its Sailors.
"In my view, organizations like Rotary, with the emphasis on service to community and mutually beneficial economic development are a big reason for the support that you give [the Navy]," said Roughead.
Finally, CNO had the opportunity to speak with Sailors and answer their questions during an all-hands call on Naval Base Point Loma.
"We're an extraordinarily busy Navy," said Roughead. "We have places in the world where our naval presence is absolutely key and where it's making a huge difference."
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