PEARL HARBOR - Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez, visited the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) to talk with officers, midshipmen and enlisted members about Fleet priorities for the Pacific region Aug. 8.
Ramirez took the time to thank Sailors for their performance, following the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer's 277-day deployment, and talk with them about concerns of the Navy.
"I wanted to welcome them home since they're one of the finest warships we have in the Navy and here on this waterfront," said Ramirez. "I wanted to come and talk to their Sailors and thank them for what they did, and also deliver my commander's mission to them."
Ramirez visited the wardroom and talked with midshipmen, offering them advice and stressed the importance of communication in a division.
"Every time I have a problem and I have to go deal with it, it's a lack of communication and nine times out of ten it's from a divisional leader. And what makes the best division is communication from that LPO, chief and division officer, the leadership triad," said Ramirez. "At the end of the day, you talk, between the triad, about what you did well, what you did badly and what you could have done, and you do this every day."
Quartermaster 3rd Class Keith Woodcock was among various Sailors who attended the E-6 and below all-hands call with Ramirez. The open discussion forum allowed Ramirez to talk with Sailors about their role in warfighting readiness, advancing regional partnerships and alliances, and purposeful forward presence.
"It's beneficial to see Fleet on the deckplates because it boosts moral, said Woodcock. "This was a great opportunity for anyone to ask questions; not every ship gets the chance to have a Fleet Master Chief visit their ship."
Ramirez also discussed the current culture of the Navy during the all hands call. He talked about the importance of Sailor's responsibility for themselves as well as their Sailors and the Navy's intolerance of sexual assault and its effects it has on the Navy and the value of Sailors and their families.
"In these times, sailors wonder what's going on and their families and civilians as well," said Ramirez. "But I want them to know that they're valued, and that's what my commander brings back is that they are valued and there is high-level people that are working really hard to get them the right things."