SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano visited littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) to tour the ship, and conduct a re-enlistment and all-enlisted call Nov. 9, marking his first visit to a LCS.
During the all-enlisted call, Giordano addressed several important topics including the importance of Sailors taking care of themselves and one another.
"Recharge," he said, "That's okay. We want people to push themselves, but not until they break."
MCPON also expressed his gratitude to the Sailors for their dedication to and pride in the ship.
"I ask leadership how the crew's doing, and they highlight you immediately," he said. "I think you take pride in it. I think you take ownership, because the ship looks great."
Giordano's remarks motivated the crew, currently completing deployment certifications aboard Jackson before deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to man USS Coronado (LCS 4).
Petty Officer 1st Class Teresa Henderson, of Coushatta, Louisiana, was re-enlisted by Giordano, continuing her service after 13 years in the Navy. Giordano noted it was his first re-enlistment as MCPON.
"I'm so honored to do this," Giordano reflected. "Hopefully it's not your last [re-enlistment], but if it is you can look back on an illustrious career. I'm sure that you impacted a number of Sailors on board and throughout your career; I couldn't be more proud of you."
When addressing the crew, Henderson thanked MCPON and her husband, telling them she shed a few tears because the day meant so much to her.
"To my husband and favorite mentor and leader -- no offense, MCPON -- thank you for everything that you do," Henderson said, drawing good-natured laughter from Giordano.
MCPON's parting advice to the crew was to "keep that smile on; take care of your Sailors."
LCS Sailors are highly trained and must fully qualify to operate these fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant ships. Littoral combat ships are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters, providing the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare, and anti-submarine warfare.
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