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Winter 2012 - Volume 37

The Surface Force embodies the three tenets outlined by the CNO in his 2011 "Sailing Directions" - "Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready."

We do this every day in an uncertain and demanding strategic environment. Uncertainty is as significant a threat as anything we have faced in previous generations. To succeed in this uncertain environment, we must man, train, and equip our Surface Navy to be able to rapidly adjust and adapt.

Our Sailors remain our most valuable resource. In 2012, we will focus on the professional development of our Sailors, both officers and enlisted. For officers, we are re-establishing Basic Division Officer Course and reviewing the division officer sequencing plan. For our enlisted Sailors, we are committed to proper manning, to include necessary Navy enlisted classifications (NECs). We will work to achieve proper sea-shore rotation, providing enriching shore assignments to foster an apprentice/journeyman/master development. Focusing on our people to produce ready and trained forces with credible combat capability for our ships is at the top of our priority list.

The United States has significant naval advantage globally. Key to our future security is the need to continually develop and sustain this advantage. To do so, we must think innovatively – honing our warfighting skills and boldly experimenting with new tactics and concepts of operation. We will explore cutting-edge technologies with the potential to revolutionize the way we do business. Energy weapons are at the forefront of game-changing technology with applications for the Surface Force, including electromagnetic railgun and lasers.

Our Surface Force is the leader in Theater Security Cooperation. Pacific Partnership, Africa Partnership Station, Southern Partnership

Station, and others are a key component in our global engagement and have long term positive benefits. We must continue to build trust and confidence with allies, deter potential adversaries, and encourage those yet undecided to partner with the United States. We demonstrate our commitment to freedom of the seas by providing sustained credible combat power, on station…always prepared. We are unmatched in this area. The Navy as a whole is charged with and prevailing when called upon.

As we move into the New Year, we will continue to advance the Littoral Combat Ship program and move forward with LPD 17, DDG 51 Flight III and DDG 1000. We are actively working to improve Aegis wholeness by reducing and stabilizing system baselines and ensuring interoperability with our Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) ships. Our approach to improving the material condition of our ships is built around correct fiscal resourcing, re-establishing accountability, and improving upon our culture of ownership. To that end, we have added rigor to our maintenance practices with the introduction of a Total Ship Readiness Assessment process and by developing the Surface Force Readiness Manual.

Our Surface Force is crucial to keeping our nation secure. Maintaining our presence forward and improving our tactical advantage ensures that we are ready to meet any challenge. I thank each of you for your dedication and professional service to our Navy and Nation. Be proud of all you do; I am very proud to call each of you "Shipmate."

Richard W . Hunt
Vice Admiral, U .S . Navy
Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Surface Warriors,

The year 2011 was full of great accomplishments for our Naval Surface Force. On any given day our ships and Sailors were in every region in the world professionally executing across the full spectrum of our capabilities. In the second week of March, the Surface Navy conducted kinetic strike support for Operation Odyssey Dawn in the Mediterranean; Navy and Marine Corps elements from USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted a tactical recovery of a downed Air Force pilot in the heart of the Libyan combat zone; 7th Fleet ships executed critical humanitarian assistance/disaster relief in support of Operation Tomodachi following the earthquake/tsunami tragedy in Japan; USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group provided sorties to coalition ground forces in Afghanistan; USS Doyle (FFG 39) conducted counter-illicit trafficking operations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility; and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) established a training hub in Freetown, Sierra Leone, as part of Africa Partnership Station West. That same week, others were forward on global deployments ensuring maritime security, conducting ballistic missile defense, and undertaking invaluable partnership missions in support of the theater objectives set by our regional combatant commanders. Every week, the Surface Force remains uniquely positioned to stay in constant contact with allies, partners, maritime domain by our presence. We did this without fail throughout 2011.

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