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Surface Navy Association 2020 National Symposium

Owning Tomorrow’s Fight Today

Jan. 14-16, 2020

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the 2019 Surface Navy Association National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, where naval leaders, government officials and members of private industry will discuss a broad range of professional and career issues of importance to the surface warfare community.

The theme of the symposium is Owning Tomorrow’s Fight Today. The event provides an opportunity to highlight the Surface Navy’s vision for the future. Below you will find articles about and links to live events at the symposium, as well as the schedule of events.

Find out more at the SNA website:

“The United States Navy has a Surface Force that is second to none, and we have taken deliberate steps to maintain that premier status in the face of great power competition,” said. “We will build on our improvements as we build the best mariners, build the most lethal ships and warfighters, and build fully-prepared warfare commanders.”

–Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces


Day 1 (Tuesday, Jan. 14):

Day 2: (Wednesday, Jan. 15)

Day 3: (Thursday, Jan. 16)

(Subject to change. All times EST.)

Tuesday, Jan. 14

1045-1245: Enlisted Roundtable and Luncheon
Active Duty/Reservists in Uniform/ Retired Enlisted, E-1 to E-9 only
Moderator: CMDCM Bryan Exum, USN(Ret)

1030-1145: Retired Flag Briefing (Flag Officers Only; All Branches Welcome) VADM Rich Brown, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, US Pacific Fleet
RADM Gene Black, USN, Director, Surface Warfare (N96)

1130-1200: SNA Podcast
Moderator: CAPT Paul Rinn (Ret)

1230-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability: LCS in the Fleet Today

1300-1310: Opening Remarks: VADM Rick Hunt, USN (Ret), President, Surface Navy Association

1310-1410: The Surface Navy Today
VADM Rich Brown, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, US Pacific Fleet

1330-1400: NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) Update
John Murphy, SURFMEPP Deputy

1410-1510: Keynote Address (Seminar Package Required): ADM Michael Gilday, USN, Chief of Naval Operations

1530-1650: Updating the Surface Navy Vision
RADM Gene Black, USN, Director, Surface Warfare (N96)
Maj Gen Tracy King, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (N95)

1700: USNI Podcast Interview with VADM Rich Brown

Wednesday, Jan. 15

0900-0930: NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Ship Modernization Update
Capt. Kevin Byrne, Surface Ship Modernization program manager

0930-1000: NAVSEA Media Availability: Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Shipbuilding Update
Matt Sermon, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office PEO Ships
executive director

10000-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: DDG 51 Flight III Update
CAPT Seth Miller, DDG 51 Class program manager
CAPT Jason Hall, Above Water Sensors program manager

1015-1100: Coast Guard Update
ADM Charles W. Ray, USCG
Deputy Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

1100-1145: NAVSEA Media Availability: DDG 1000 Class Update
CAPT Smith, DDG 1000 Class program manager

1100-1130: NAVSEA Media Availability: Naval Power & Energy Systems: Way Forward
Steve Markle, U.S. Navy Electric Ships program manager

1100-1145: Marine Corps Update
Gen David H. Berger, USMC
Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

1300-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability:Surface Training Systems Update
Bob Kerno, Surface Training Systems program manager

1330-1400 NAVSEA Media Availability: Surface Ship Sustainment Update
Capt. Steve Murray, Surface Ship Sustainment program manager

1400-1430: NAVSEA Media Availability: USNS Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue (T-ATS) Overview
Chris Paulus, Support Ships, Boats and Craft assistant program manager

1400-1500: Transformation of the Navy Warfighter for the 21st Century
Moderator: VADM John B. Nowell, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, N1, OPNAV Chief of Naval Personnel

1515-1615: Navy/Marine Corps Integration
Moderator: VADM James Kilby, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements & Capabilities, N9, OPNAV

1615-1700: Keynote Address: The Hon. James F. Geurts,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition

1800-1930: Naval Heritage Program – “Life and Times of Admiral Bulkeley”

Thursday, Jan. 16

0830-0915: Keynote Address: ADM Christopher W. Grady, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

0900-0930: NAVSEA Media Availability: In-Service Aircraft Carriers Update
Capt. Charles Ehnes, In-Service Aircraft Carrier program manager

0930-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: CVN 78 Update
Capt. Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class program manager

1000-1030: NAVSEA Media Availability: Future Aircraft Carriers Update
Capt. Philip Malone, Future Aircraft Carriers program manager

1015-1145: Building the Future Force
Moderator: VADM Thomas J. Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

1300-1330: NAVSEA Media Availability: Unmanned Maritime Systems Update
CAPT Pete Small, Unmanned Maritime Systems program manager

1330-1400: NAVSEA Media Availability: Mine Warfare Update
CAPT Danielle George, Mine Warfare Programs manager

1400-1430: NAVSEA Media Availability: Mission Package Program Update
CAPT Gus Weekes, Mission Modules program manager

1415-1530: Maintaining the Current Force
Moderator: VADM Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

1645-1730: Closing Remarks: VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret), President, Surface Navy Association U.S. Navy