It’s a Wrap: 2012 Surface Navy Association National Symposium
Last week’s Surface Navy Association National Symposium is being heralded as the “best ever” by junior Surface Warfare Officers and Retired Flag Officers alike.
In case you missed the flurry of attention, we want to give you a short roll up.
The Surface Navy Association (SNA) 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. The theme of the conference was “Surface Navy: A Credible Force in Uncertain Times.”
Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Richard Hunt kicked off the Symposium with a dynamic presentation about a world shrouded in uncertainty.
“The global environment presents complex and uncertain challenges. We need the right Surface fleet with the right warfighting capabilities and readiness to ensure we remain engaged with other nations, operating forward, projecting credible combat power, ensuring stability and security across the strategic crossroads. We must encourage innovation in both concepts of operation and new capabilities to develop the ‘game changers’ that will ensure we remain the world’s most dominant navy.”
Admiral Hunt outlined the role of the Surface Force as the “go to” force for making contact with partners, a message that was particularly timely. Also in the last week, the Sailors and Marines who make up the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Group (MEU) were relieved of their duties in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by the Makin Island ARG and the 11th MEU. The Bataan ARG deployed March 23, 2011 and during what has become the longest deployment in recent years, conducted maritime security operations, theater security cooperation actions, and joint military exercises with regional partners in both 5th and 6th fleet AORs.
“Our Sailors are the foundation of our warfighting capabilities. They carry the day no matter what the challenge; we must properly resource them to be the professionals they strive to be.”
Best quote of the symposium goes to Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work, “This is a good time to be a SWO. If you’re not excited, you don’t have a pulse. We’re on the verge of a golden age for the Surface Warfare community.”
Watch VIDEO of Admiral Hunt here.
View PHOTOS from the symposium here.
Read related article here.