CNO: Happy birthday from the Persian Gulf

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In a birthday video, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert celebrated the 236th anniversary of the Navy’s founding in a dramatic setting.

“Happy 236th birthday!” he said from the deck of the carrier John C. Stennis, as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, with the cruiser Mobile Bay serving as a backdrop. “We’ve got 200 more good years ahead of us.”

The setting reinforced one of his three central tenets: operate forward.

“It’s about being forward, it’s about deterrent and it’s about bringing the offshore option to our president,” he said. “I want to thank you for all you do in that regard.”

It is Greenert’s first overseas trip since becoming chief of naval operations on Sept. 23. He also visited Japan, South Korea and Bahrain.

 

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