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Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson poses for a photo with midshipmen before the Army-Navy football game, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa. This is the 119th meeting between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elliott Fabrizio/Released)
Sailors rig a barricade during a drill on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Beer, left, fires a 40mm saluting battery during a live-fire exercise aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while on a regularly scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Phillips/Released)
Capt. Kevin McLaughlin, commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, and Cmdr. Patrice Fernandes, the executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, prepare to fly an F/A-18F Super Hornet to the staging location in advance of their upcoming flyover honoring fellow aviator and former President George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Mohammed Hasan, assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), helps children take turns manning a fire hose during the ship’s first Family Day Cruise in three years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Branden Lapovsky presents a folded American flag to Carolyn Baker, the next-of-kin of U.S. Navy Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong during a funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Ryan Vue signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 ready for launch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Alex Kaye, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, recovers a training drone for a field training exercise at Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Kory Alsberry/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Walter Andrzjewski, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brittany Hall stack weapons support equipment for stowage in a storage room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Granado/Released)
Quartermaster 1st Class Augustino Suafoa obstructs Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Lee’s vision while he pilots in the San Diego Harbor, Dec. 1, 2018, during a coxswain qualification practical for Navy Reserve Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Omari K. Way/Released)
Lt. Celine Doerr, right, assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, assists a Girl Scout with a flight simulator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julian Davis/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Stefani Skiendziel stands watch as the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) proceeds through the Miraflores Locks while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
Lt.j.g. Sarah Platt, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), mans the lee helm during virtual reality ship handling training at the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST), at Naval Base San Diego. Bonhomme Richard collaborated with NSST personnel to sharpen their skills utilizing technological innovations in virtual reality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Sailors stand in formation while waiting for the aircraft transporting the remains of former President George H.W. Bush to land at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 3, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Katelyn Strange/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Hunter Scholl looks through a night vision scope aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as the ship transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson poses for a photo with midshipmen before the Army-Navy football game, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa. This is the 119th meeting between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elliott Fabrizio/Released)
Sailors rig a barricade during a drill on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah A. Watkins/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Maxwell Beer, left, fires a 40mm saluting battery during a live-fire exercise aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while on a regularly scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Phillips/Released)
Capt. Kevin McLaughlin, commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, and Cmdr. Patrice Fernandes, the executive officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, prepare to fly an F/A-18F Super Hornet to the staging location in advance of their upcoming flyover honoring fellow aviator and former President George H.W. Bush. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Mohammed Hasan, assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), helps children take turns manning a fire hose during the ship’s first Family Day Cruise in three years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales/Released)
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Branden Lapovsky presents a folded American flag to Carolyn Baker, the next-of-kin of U.S. Navy Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong during a funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Ryan Vue signals an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 ready for launch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph A.D. Phillips/Released)
Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Alex Kaye, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, recovers a training drone for a field training exercise at Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd class Kory Alsberry/Released)
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Walter Andrzjewski, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Brittany Hall stack weapons support equipment for stowage in a storage room aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Granado/Released)
Quartermaster 1st Class Augustino Suafoa obstructs Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Lee’s vision while he pilots in the San Diego Harbor, Dec. 1, 2018, during a coxswain qualification practical for Navy Reserve Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Omari K. Way/Released)
Lt. Celine Doerr, right, assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, assists a Girl Scout with a flight simulator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway Museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julian Davis/Released)
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Stefani Skiendziel stands watch as the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) proceeds through the Miraflores Locks while transiting the Panama Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)
Lt.j.g. Sarah Platt, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), mans the lee helm during virtual reality ship handling training at the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST), at Naval Base San Diego. Bonhomme Richard collaborated with NSST personnel to sharpen their skills utilizing technological innovations in virtual reality. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Sailors stand in formation while waiting for the aircraft transporting the remains of former President George H.W. Bush to land at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 3, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Katelyn Strange/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Hunter Scholl looks through a night vision scope aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as the ship transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Clay/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Seaman Nathaneal Young refuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 “Bounty Hunters” on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. (U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Seaman Nathaneal Young refuels an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 “Bounty Hunters” on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck. (U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus holds an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Jackson/Released)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus holds an all-hands call with Sailors assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Jackson/Released)
Cmdr. Jason Williamson, commander, Patrol Squadron 45, left, and Lt. Bob Valentich, fly a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a qualification training. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)
Cmdr. Jason Williamson, commander, Patrol Squadron 45, left, and Lt. Bob Valentich, fly a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a qualification training. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)
Sailors conduct fire fighting training on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a general quarters drill. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alex Corona/Released)
Sailors conduct fire fighting training on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a general quarters drill. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alex Corona/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Warring from Lompoc, Calif., pipes chow aboard USS Ross (DDG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Theron J. Godbold/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Warring from Lompoc, Calif., pipes chow aboard USS Ross (DDG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Theron J. Godbold/Released)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors during a Thanksgiving day all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. Michaels)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors during a Thanksgiving day all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. Michaels)
Sailors and veterans ride through the streets of Naval Station Mayport during the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael Lopez/Released)
Sailors and veterans ride through the streets of Naval Station Mayport during the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael Lopez/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Lane, a native of Sacramento, Calif., cleans a compartment on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Leon Wong/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Lane, a native of Sacramento, Calif., cleans a compartment on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Leon Wong/Released)
U.S. Sailors with Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command conduct training on their gas masks onboard Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Malinao/Released)
U.S. Sailors with Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command conduct training on their gas masks onboard Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Malinao/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cullen Hansen, a Sailor aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), from Sweetwater Tennessee, restocks condiments in the mess deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Matt Herbst/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cullen Hansen, a Sailor aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), from Sweetwater Tennessee, restocks condiments in the mess deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Matt Herbst/Released)
U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs for local citizens in Brunei, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs for local citizens in Brunei, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Madailein Abbott/Released)
Midshipman 1st Class Christian Scroggs videos himself as his head is shaved during a service assignment ceremony in Bancroft Hall. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brianna Jones/Released)
Midshipman 1st Class Christian Scroggs videos himself as his head is shaved during a service assignment ceremony in Bancroft Hall. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brianna Jones/Released)
Sailors assemble for an all hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)
Sailors assemble for an all hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class James Frary, left, from Richmond, Va., watches on as Seaman Joseph A. Rosas, from Wichita, Kan., spots the hangar bay Ouija board for aircraft evolution use in hangar bay control of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class James Frary, left, from Richmond, Va., watches on as Seaman Joseph A. Rosas, from Wichita, Kan., spots the hangar bay Ouija board for aircraft evolution use in hangar bay control of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mickey Waldron, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), stands near the safe shot line as an F/A-18C Hornet, from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, launches from the ship's flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mickey Waldron, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), stands near the safe shot line as an F/A-18C Hornet, from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, launches from the ship’s flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

 

Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Seaman Quay Salter, front, relays information regarding the jet blast deflector on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert J. Baldock)
Seaman Quay Salter, front, relays information regarding the jet blast deflector on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert J. Baldock)
The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Color Guard performs a close Order Drill for students from Carver High School and Hampstead Hill Academy during a community relations event at Patterson Park during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Third Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Color Guard performs a close Order Drill for students from Carver High School and Hampstead Hill Academy during a community relations event at Patterson Park during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Third Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Raymond Au, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), and Coast Guardsmen, assigned to Coast Guard District 14 Law Enforcement Detachment, embark a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in preparation to board merchant fishing vessels for inspection as part of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Jay C. Pugh/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Raymond Au, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), and Coast Guardsmen, assigned to Coast Guard District 14 Law Enforcement Detachment, embark a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in preparation to board merchant fishing vessels for inspection as part of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Jay C. Pugh/Released)
Midshipmen with the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) stand at parade rest during the Second Class Parents Weekend Formal Dress Parade at the USNA, Annapolis, Md. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun/Released)
Midshipmen with the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) stand at parade rest during the Second Class Parents Weekend Formal Dress Parade at the USNA, Annapolis, Md. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun/Released)
Sailors pick up trash on a bike path along Pearl Harbor during a volunteer clean-up. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)
Sailors pick up trash on a bike path along Pearl Harbor during a volunteer clean-up. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)
The crew of the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), renders a salute during the ship's commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales/Released)
The crew of the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), renders a salute during the ship’s commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales/Released)
Chief Petty Officer Jed May, a Steamboat Springs, Colorado native, guides an MH-60S helicopter during flight operations aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second Class Michaela Garrison/Released)
Chief Petty Officer Jed May, a Steamboat Springs, Colorado native, guides an MH-60S helicopter during flight operations aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second Class Michaela Garrison/Released)
Seaman McKinley Edwards, from San Diego, mans the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as it departs Naval Base San Diego for a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Grube)
Seaman McKinley Edwards, from San Diego, mans the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as it departs Naval Base San Diego for a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Grube)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Bush, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, conducts a pool familiarization dive while participating in Clear Horizon (CH16) in Chinhae, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Rolston)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Bush, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, conducts a pool familiarization dive while participating in Clear Horizon (CH16) in Chinhae, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Rolston)
Cadet Seaman Apprentices Mariah Freely, left, and Molly Riegel, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, pose for a photograph at Baltimore's Inner Harbour during the Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
Cadet Seaman Apprentices Mariah Freely, left, and Molly Riegel, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, pose for a photograph at Baltimore’s Inner Harbour during the Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean Stackley, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command(PACOM) Adm. Harry Harris, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus render honors for the national anthem during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean Stackley, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command(PACOM) Adm. Harry Harris, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus render honors for the national anthem during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
Petty Officer 1st Class Saran McQueen (left) and Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana Carrascomarquez, attached to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), read to a third grade class at Shelton Elementary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis DiPerna/ Released)
Petty Officer 1st Class Saran McQueen (left) and Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana Carrascomarquez, attached to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), read to a third grade class at Shelton Elementary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis DiPerna/ Released)
Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), as the ship pulls into Busan for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), as the ship pulls into Busan for a scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
Lt. j.g. Eric Fielding stands by as helm safety aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during transit into Sihanoukville, Cambodia. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)
Lt. j.g. Eric Fielding stands by as helm safety aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during transit into Sihanoukville, Cambodia. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)
Petty Officer 1st Class John Bailey from Navy Information Operations Command Colorado presents a single rose in memory of the families and loved ones of missing shipmates who keep faith quietly awaiting their return during the POW/MIA ceremony for the 241st Navy Ball at the Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club. The Navy Ball is an annual event which celebrates the heritage, history, and the day Congress created the United States Navy 241-years ago on Oct. 13, 1775. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second 2nd Class Robert A. Hartland/Released)
Petty Officer 1st Class John Bailey from Navy Information Operations Command Colorado presents a single rose in memory of the families and loved ones of missing shipmates who keep faith quietly awaiting their return during the POW/MIA ceremony for the 241st Navy Ball. The Navy Ball is an annual event which celebrates the heritage, history, and the day Congress created the United States Navy 241-years ago on Oct. 13, 1775. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second 2nd Class Robert A. Hartland/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

 

Charting the Course for our Sailors Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

By Vice Adm. Robert Burke
Chief of Naval Personnel

For more than 240 years, the U.S. Navy has served as America’s first line of defense, strategic deterrent, and protector of trade across the world’s oceans. Our role in safeguarding freedom of the seas has never been more relevant.  From the South China Sea to our Pacific shores, from the Arabian Gulf to the Eastern Atlantic, there is no shortage of headlines about the challenges we face, making the U.S. Navy’s presence in waters around the world an imperative.  We are a busy force that operates with a clear purpose in an uncertain time.

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Jonathan Eng, left and Milton Eng, right, pin the shoulder boards on newly commissioned Navy Ensigns Alison Eng, center, after she is commissioned into the U.S. Navy from the U.S. Naval Academy at the end of her graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Jonathan Eng, left and Milton Eng, right, pin the shoulder boards on newly commissioned Navy Ensigns Alison Eng, center, after she is commissioned into the U.S. Navy from the U.S. Naval Academy at the end of her graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

 

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a challenging operational and fiscal environment, but I am both excited and honored to be your new Chief of Naval Personnel, and continue the work that Adm. Bill Moran started.

Today more than ever, people want to be part of something that matters.  They want to serve, they want a purpose, and they want a mission.  And while the Navy is in a very good position today with recruiting, retention and fleet manning, we are at a strategic cross-roads, which is causing us to re-think how we will recruit, train and retain the force of tomorrow.

Toward that end, our team at the Bureau is overhauling the Navy’s entire personnel system, and we are focused on empowering Sailors, modernizing policies and operating systems, and providing the right training at the right time to our force.

We call that effort Sailor 2025.

d. (May 27, 2016) – U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Jonathan Eng, left, renders the first salute to his newly commissioned Navy officer sister, Ensign Alison Eng, right, after she is commissioned into the U.S. Navy, at the end of her graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

d. (May 27, 2016) – U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Jonathan Eng, left, renders the first salute to his newly commissioned Navy officer sister, Ensign Alison Eng, right, after she is commissioned into the U.S. Navy, at the end of her graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

 

There are many reasons to pay close attention to potential challenges that could affect us, including an unpredictable economy, a declining veteran population, growing competition for high-tech skills, and personnel costs that account for more than 50 percent of the Navy’s budget.

Without changing how we operate today, we risk being unprepared for the future.  And unless we upgrade the Navy’s analytic tools and supporting infrastructure now, we will find ourselves near shoal water when the seas begin to get heavy.

The 40+ personnel initiatives that comprise Sailor 2025 are aimed at empowering COs, having flexible policies, better tools, and more choices for those who might otherwise not join the Navy or who might consider leaving.  We are modernizing how Sailors manage their careers, pay and personnel issues, and how we attract new recruits to join our force.  Some of these initiatives include looking at our performance evaluation and career management systems, increased graduate education opportunities, tours with industry, career intermission program, expanded Child Development Center and fitness center hours, along with many others.  And we will do this all with the underlying principle that Sailors’ work-life balance and health and wellness must be improved.

Adm. Moran knew that we were long overdue for a change, and set us on a course for change.

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

 

I am committed to see us through that voyage, and will continue put polices in place that further enhance trust, balance and stability throughout the Fleet.

Our Navy today has the best Sailors we’ve ever seen.  We aim to keep it that way.