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2/1/2015
Going on the Offensive
This year’s SNA symposium discusses “Distributed Lethality”

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Naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry gathered to discuss the surface navy’s future at the 27th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium in Crystal City, Va., Jan. 13.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivered his keynote address on the state of the surface Navy, highlighting the strength of the fleet and debunking rumors.

MK-45“Uniquely, what we provide, the Navy and the Marine Corps, is presence,” Mabus said. “That constant presence, ready for any challenge that may come over the horizon. Providing that presence falls on the surface fleet, the foundation of our Navy. The foundation of our Navy is ships. That’s what we are. That’s why we’re the Navy. We have to have a right-sized fleet to do what we need to do. “

The symposium provides an opportunity for discussions on a broad range of professional and career issues for the surface community. The event also features government-contracted defense companies, suppliers and commands exhibiting the latest in surface warfare technology and the way ahead for future research and development.

 

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“The surface force is going to be more lethal across all major warfare areas through distributed lethality.”

VADM Thomas Rowden
Commander, Naval Surface Force,
U.S. Pacific Fleet
VADM Rowden

“By coming together as an association of professionals, we can focus on the future while continuing to reflect upon our strong warfare heritage,” said Vice Adm. (RET) Barry McCullough, President, Surface Navy Association. “We are honored once again to host an extensive list of speakers who have given their time to the surface warfare community in an effort to broaden our perspectives and encourage professional discussion.”

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Surface Warfare: Distributed Lethality - Going on the Offensive,” and government-contracted defense companies, suppliers and commands exhibiting the latest in surface warfare technology and the way ahead for future research and development converged to display their capabilities.

Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden addressed some of the challenges facing surface Sailors and the theme of the symposium

“The world has changed and with it so must our assumptions and our preconceptions, that is what we are doing with surface warfare. We are adapting to a changed environment we are responding to national strategic imperatives and we are going on the offensive,” said Rowden. “The surface force is going to be more lethal across all major warfare areas through distributed lethality.”

Fleet and force Master Chiefs from around the Navy hosted an enlisted round table luncheon. They covered a myriad of topics including enlisted evaluations, tuition assistance and the future of the surface Navy. The luncheon concluded with brief comments from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens.

The Surface Navy Association was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in naval surface warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. Surface Warfare Magazine

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