– The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) visited Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) July, 16.
Ray Mabus, SECNAV, was visiting CFAY to
meet with Sailors and U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense
Force (JMSDF) senior leadership.
While at CFAY, Mabus visited both U.S. 7th
Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and guided missile destroyer
USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), where he met with Sailors and joined them
for lunch onboard.
“It’s not every day
you get an opportunity like this to show off your ship and crew and
all they have accomplished, we are all honored we had the chance to
meet him,” said Fitzgerald commanding officer Cmdr. Brian Mutty.
Later in the day,
Mabus held an all-hands at the CFAY Fleet Theatre.
Mabus spoke with to
Sailors and Marines about the future plans of the Navy, the Navy’s
21st century Sailor and Marine initiative, and Navy personnel goals
and requirements. He also thanked them for their service and
dedication to the country.
“Thank you for what
you do on a day to day basis," said Mabus. “Americans do not get the
chance to see how skilled and talented you are and how good you are
for our country. They do not get to see the sacrifices you are
Mabus also answered
questions from Sailors about fleet manning, the Navy’s continuing
role in the Pacific, and the Navy’s green energy initiatives.
secretary stressed that the work being done at CFAY, aboard forward
deployed ships and by Sailors and Marines all over the Pacific is
critical to the security of the United States and its partner
“We are going to
continue to build the fleet, continue to work on energy security,”
said Mabus. “The main thing is to continue to keep the faith with
our Sailors, Marines and their families. I want to thank you for
doing it so well in so many places and keeping America what it is