Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued the following statement today in regards to this weekend’s attack in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and 53 people injured:

“Our thoughts are with the people of Orlando and the LGBT community as we all continue to mourn the victims of this horrific attack. We also express our profound gratitude to the police and first responders who acted with courage and professionalism to save lives and prevent even more bloodshed. No act of terror will change who we are or the values that make us Americans. Your U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps stand ready and united to protect our people, defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

NORFOLK (June 13, 2016) The flag flies at half mast aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk. President Barack Obama ordered all United States flags to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

NORFOLK (June 13, 2016) The flag flies at half staff aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk. President Barack Obama ordered all United States flags to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)