August 19, 2015 – SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego Aug. 17.
After serving for seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan, the George Washington conducted a hull-swap with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Greenert’s visit was aimed at congratulating the crew members for a successful hull-swap with a steak lunch prepared by Cooks from the Valley (CFV). CFV is an all-volunteer, California-based organization that prepares and serves meals to show appreciation for service members.
“It’s great to take a short break from the cross-decking activities to appreciate the hospitality from the CFV,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Chief of Naval Aviation. “More importantly, we get to hear from the CNO who’s making his last trip to San Diego before his retirement next month after 40 years in uniform.”
Initially, Greenert spoke about the George Washington’s upcoming deployment around South America and the ship’s scheduled return to Norfolk, Virginia.
“You’re taking George Washington home to the east coast, and in each South American port they have nothing but positive things to say about George Washington,” said Greenert. “I’m certain that you will have a terrific tour.”
Greenert thanked George Washington’s crew members for their efforts.
“I admire all of you so much for what you do,” said Greenert. “Sailors that can adapt and get things done are the most powerful resource we have. You take that Sailor, put them on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, add an airwing and all of that creates something that the world has never seen.”
Additionally, Greenert expressed how he imagines the future of the Navy.
“As my career begins to wind down, I stand before you knowing that you all will take it from here with Adm. Shoemaker, and the skipper, continuing to protect the United States and carry on the mission of making the world a better place.”