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MCPON Rick West gives a high-five to the youngest Sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82)   
MCPON Visits USS Lassen During Pacific Trip 
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Lassen (DDG 82) welcomed Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West Aug. 31, during his visit to the forward-deployed Navy force, U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

West addressed crew members about off-duty risk management in regards to the upcoming Labor Day weekend and praised them for their integral role in the Invincible Spirit exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy. He also thanked the crew for maintaining high training standards, as assessed during the ship's recent Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment Sustainability (ULTRA-S).

"One of my biggest regrets since I've been in the Navy - I never did a tour in Japan," said West. "Coming on board here, having a little Navy chow, talking to the Sailors, that is what pumps me up! I love doing this. I feel very lucky to be your MCPON."

West answered Sailors questions and concerns about the Navy's future and efforts to be more energy efficient.

"We as a Navy are leading a lot of services in alternative energy, experimenting with different fuel mixtures and installing wind farms and solar panels on our bases to be able to go more green," said West.

Damage Controlman 2nd Class Linda C. Ogbah said it was nice to talk with the MCPON, interact with him in person and have the questions she had about the Navy answered.

"It is not every day you have the chance to meet with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy," Ogbah said. "We all welcomed his visit, but we were especially appreciative for his genuine interest in our feedback. Taking the time to come talk with us, that means a lot to me and my shipmates."

The visit to Lassen concluded the MCPON's trip to the 7th Fleet area of responsibly, which started Aug. 21 in Guam.
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MCPON Visits USS Lassen
Story by: Ensign Sean A. Brophy , USS Lassen Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN (August 31, 2010) -- The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West visited with sailors on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) Tuesday, August 31st as part of his tour of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan.

West, the most senior enlisted sailor in the Navy and advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, met with members of the wardroom, chief petty officers’ mess, including two new prospective chief petty officers, and crew to cover an array of topics including safety awareness for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

During the visit, West praised the accomplishments of the entire Lassen crew throughout their summer deployment, including their integral role in Exercise Invincible Spirit with the Republic of Korea Navy. West also commended the crew for maintaining high training standards as assessed during their recent Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment Sustainability (ULTRA-S).

“One of my biggest regrets since I’ve been in the Navy, I never did a tour in Japan” said West as he addressed sailors on Lassen’s mess decks. “Coming on board here, having a little Navy chow, talking to the sailors, that’s what pumps me up! I love doing this. I feel very lucky to be your MCPON.”

After lunch with the crew, West took time to address their questions and concerns including the Navy’s efforts to be more energy efficient. “We as a Navy are leading a lot of services in alternative energy…experimenting with different fuel mixtures and installing wind farms and solar panels on our bases to be able to go more green.”

Crew members were very receptive of West’s visit. Engaging in a rare chance to chat with the MCPON, Damage Controlman Second Class Linda C. Ogbah expressed her gratitude for his visit. “It is not every day you have the chance to meet with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. We all welcomed his visit, but we were especially appreciative for his genuine interest in our feedback. Taking the time to come talk with us, that means a lot to me and my shipmates.”

From August 21st to August 31st, West participated in several events including climbing Mt. Fuji with the Japan wide chief petty officer selectees, presenting warfare pins to newly qualified sailors on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and an all-hands call with the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert at the base fleet theater. At the conclusion of his visit, the MCPON led Lassen sailors in a proud Navy “Hooyah!”
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