PACIFIC OCEAN- The Honorable James Mattis, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), visited the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) Sept. 3 observe the ship preparing and training for potential deployment operations.
“This was a great opportunity to hear and see the secretary of defense talk about the Navy’s role in the National Defense Strategy, and specifically [for him to] see the role that the ship plays as the air and missile defense commander for John C. Stennis Strike Group,” said Capt. James Storm, commanding officer of Mobile Bay.
The visit allowed the secretary to get a first-hand look at Sailors aboard Mobile Bay and understand the impact the ship has on fleet and strike group operations.
“It was a chance to show SECDEF how we put into practice training received from the basic phase through the advanced phase as we prep for deployment,” said Storm. “Mobile Bay’s combat team did exactly what we trained to do, and it’s evident how that lays the foundation for success on deployment.”
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