CNO Visits Bataan During Relief Efforts
ABOARD USS BATAAN, Gulf of Mexico (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visited USS Bataan (LHD 5) Sept. 10 while the ship was at anchor off the coast of Gulfport, Miss., supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. It was one of numerous stops for the CNO during his daylong visit to the Katrina joint operations area (JOA). The CNO was on board to visit the crew of the first Navy warship on scene for Hurricane Katrina relief operations and to say “thank you” at an all-hands call in the ship’s hangar bay. The Navy’s top officer told Bataan Sailors that everyone’s job on the ship plays a role in the relief efforts. “This is a team deal,” said Mullen. “It takes everybody to make it happen, and it has been a spectacular operation.
CNO Outlines Navy's Future
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen made a visit to Wilkinson Hall Sept. 13 and held an all-hands call with the Sailors of Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London. “We live in a time where crisis response is required,” he said, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and his recent visit to Gulfport, Miss. “The Seabees [in Gulfport] are building and rebuilding the base and surrounding community,” he continued. “They are getting the hospital and schools back online and working with the mayor and local officials. Before taking questions from the Sailors, Mullen outlined the three major challenges the Navy currently faces. The first is sustaining readiness, Mullen explained.
CNO Calls for New Definition of Sea Power
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen told students and faculty at the Naval War College during a visit there Aug. 31 that the Navy needs to take a fresh look at sea power to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. “We have a pretty good idea of what we can't do without [sea power], but do we really know all the things that we can accomplish with it?” Mullen asked the audience. Mullen began his comments by expressing his sympathy for all those hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. "I would just like us all to keep it in our thoughts and prayers, all those people who are suffering right now from Katrina," he said. "Over the last 24 hours we have deployed a number of units…
CNO Calls for New Definition of Sea Power
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen told students and faculty at the Naval War College during a visit there Aug. 31 that the Navy needs to take a fresh look at sea power to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. “We have a pretty good idea of what we can't do without [sea power], but do we really know all the things that we can accomplish with it?” Mullen asked the audience. Mullen began his comments by expressing his sympathy for all those hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. "I would just like us all to keep it in our thoughts and prayers, all those people who are suffering right now from Katrina," he said.
CNO: Sea Power Too Narrowly Defined, Navy to Expand Missions
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Mike Mullen, addressed members of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) Jan. 10 at their 18th Annual National Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va. Addressing the SNA for the first time since taking the helm as CNO, Mullen said the Navy’s view of sea power needed to expand, incorporating both traditional and nontraditional missions. "I believe sea power as a notion has become way too narrowly defined," Mullen said. Mullen called for a balanced fleet with the capability to win the big and small wars. "I have probably talked to upwards of 15,000 Sailors in the course of more than a half-dozen trips at sea and ashore. And the vast majority were involved in operations I would consider green or brown water in nature," he explained.
CNO Stresses Navy, Coast Guard Cooperation
Next to the close relationship the Navy shares with the Marine Corps, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Mike Mullen said he considers the Navy's continuing partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as the "single most critical relationship we can possibly have when it comes to securing the maritime domain," during his speech at the 18th Annual Suface Navy Association National Syposium Jan. 10. "We talk a lot about the Navy-Marine Corps Team, and we should," Mullen told the audience. He said that the two services have worked well together recently, particularly on intercept and drug smuggling operations, and have improved maritime domain awareness with the establishment of the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center in Norfolk, Va., and Alameda, Calif.
CNO Delivers Plan to Congress
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen submitted his long-range shipbuilding plan to Congress, designed to grow the fleet to about 313 ships – up from 281 today. The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan is required by law and accompanied the Navy’s FY'07 Budget submission to Congress. It supports the new emphasis on expeditionary and conventional warfighting missions expressed in the QDR. The QDR was submitted to Congress Feb. 3. The plan is also designed to stabilize the Navy’s shipbuilding future for warfighting Sailors and industry partners. Building a fleet for the future is one of Mullen’s top three priorities, which also include sustaining current readiness and developing 21st Century leaders.
Shipbuilding Plan Features a Bigger Fleet
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen submitted his long-range shipbuilding plan to Congress Feb. 7, designed to grow the fleet to about 313 ships – up from 281 today. “We need a fleet for the future which is balanced in many capabilities,” Mullen told reporters at the Pentagon. His plan will meet the requirements of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and reverse the recent trend of shrinking the fleet. “We’re at 281 ships today and it’s my view we need to turn that around with the embedded capabilities that we’ve looked at,” he said. The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan is required by law and accompanied the Navy’s FY'07 Budget submission to Congress. It supports the new emphasis on expeditionary and conventional warfighting missions expressed in the QDR.
Navy Budget Debated in Congress
PICTURED: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Donald C. Winter and Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) Gen. Michael W. Hagee appear before the House Armed Services Committee to give testimony and answer questions concerning the 2007 fiscal year National Defense Authorization budget request. U.S. The nation’s top Navy and Marine Corps leaders told members of Congress March 1 that the Navy Department’s proposed $127.3 billion budget request for fiscal year 2007 (FY07) fully supports the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and will help win the global war on terrorism. In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm.
CNO Calls Shipbuilding Plan Top Budget Priority
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen talks with Government Executive Magazine Editor Tim Clark, during a leadership breakfast at the National Press Club. The CNO addressed senior leaders from several federal agencies and organizations about the future and transformation of the Navy. U.S. The Navy’s shipbuilding plan is the key to the fleet’s future and is critical for the joint force, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen told an audience at a Leadership Breakfast sponsored by Government Executive Magazine at the National Press Club here April 24. Mullen took the opportunity to reiterate the strength of his shipbuilding plan, submitted Feb. 7 with the Navy's FY-07 budget proposal. The plan calls for a fleet of about 313 ships.
Boxer Replenishment Demonstrates 1,000-Ship Navy"Concept
USS Boxer (LHD 4) conducted an underway replenishment with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary support tanker HMS Bayleaf (A109) Jan. 10, while performing Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. The replenishment represents Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Mullen’s vision of a “1,000-ship Navy,” a vision of international partner navies working together to create a force greater than the sum of its individual parts. “The replenishment took place to ensure that Boxer could successfully perform a refueling with another [coalition] ship,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Mark Fletcher, who helped oversee the replenishment.
Mullen Promises Review of Antipiracy Ops
The U.S. military has initiated a review to look "broadly and widely and deeply" at the overall strategy on piracy off the coast of Somalia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 14. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," complimented those who carried out the mission that freed Merchant Marine Capt. Kevin Phillips. Somali pirates had held Phillips hostage since his ship, the Maersk-Alabama, was attacked April 8. The Maersk-Alabama's crew managed to regain control of the cargo vessel…
Brookings Institution to Sponsor Webcast of CNO Speech
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen announces the naming of DDG 108 as USS Wayne E. Meyer at a ceremony celebrating the deliverance of the 100th Aegis Weapons System to the Navy. The ship was named after retired Rear Adm. Meyer, who is widely regarded as the "The Father of Aegis" after spearheading the development of the defense system, and will fittingly receive the 100th system. U.S. Sailors will have a unique opportunity April 3 to hear Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen discuss the Navy's course for the future during a Webcast sponsored by The Brookings Institution. The CNO will be speaking to the Brookings audience about the Navy's effort to formulate a new maritime strategy and about the challenges the service faces over the long term.
Adm. Mullen Speaks with Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commander-in-Chief
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen speaks with Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Wu Shengli, after a Full Honors Ceremony at the Naval Museum in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
CNO Visits USS Monterey
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visits with side boys after being piped aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) at Naval Station Norfolk. Mullen was joined by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. Together, they visited USS Wasp (LHD 1) and held two all hands calls at the base theater. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Michael G. Mullen, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., addressed approximately 350 Sailors aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) on May 1. Monterey recently returned to Norfolk after six months of operating in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.
Gates Recommends Mullen to Replace Pace as Chairman
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced June 8 that he will recommend that President Bush nominate Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen to replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a Pentagon news conference, Gates said he also will recommend Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright for the position of vice chairman. Cartwright is the commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., the current vice chairman, announced his decision to retire last week. â€œI have become well acquainted with Admiral Mullen over the last six months and believe he has the strategic insight, experience and integrity to lead Americaâ€™s armed forces,â€ Gates said.
Old Salt Designation Passes to CNO
The ”Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer serving on active duty with the earliest Officer of the Deck, Fleet, Qualification, has passed from Vice Adm. Rod Rempt to Adm. Mike Mullen at a May 21st ceremony at Annapolis, Md. “We rely on those who have gone before us to pass down our lore, customs and tradition,” said Vice Adm. Kevin Green, U.S. Navy (Retired), president of the Surface Navy Association. “Some of us have been around a long time, and in the Navy, we have an expression for an experienced and knowledgeable mariner. “The ‘Old Salt’ award originated in 1988, when the Surface Navy Association wanted to honor the Surface Warfare Officer possessing the coveted qualification…
CNO Speaks on Leadership, Future, FDNF
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry R. Hirayama, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Det. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen conducted an all hands call for forward-deployed Sailors aboard Fleet Activities Yokosuka on June 19. Hundreds of Sailors from the region came to the base’s Fleet Theater to hear CNO talk about today’s Navy and the importance of developing strong leadership for the future. Mullen spoke about his recent attendance at the Naval Academy’s graduation and said that somewhere in that crowd or somewhere in an ROTC unit is the future CNO. “We’ve got to get the base right,” Mullen emphasized. “How can you reach in and lead, so we can continue to be a very robust system?” Mullen asked.
Adm. Mike Mullen Testifies Before the Senate
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Hart Senate Office Building. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.
Senate Confirms Mullen, Cartwright for Top Military Positions
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen and Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. James E. Cartwright greet Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. John Warner prior to their confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee for appointment to Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Hart Senate Office Building. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. The Senate confirmed Adm. Michael G. Mullen and Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, Aug. Mullen will assume the top U.S. military post, held by Marine Gen. Peter Pace since September 2005. Pace is slated to retire Oct. Cartwright assumes the No. 2 military post held by Navy Adm.
Adm. Crowe Laid to Rest
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen eulogies Adm. William J. Crowe, 11th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the memorial service for Crowe, who died Oct. 18 at the age of 82. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)
Mullen Sworn In
Secretary of the Navy Gordon England administers the Oath of Office to Adm. Mike Mullen. Adm. Mike Mullen relieved Adm. Vern Clark as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during a late-morning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Clark's tenure as CNO began July 21, 2000, making it the longest term served by any CNO since Adm. Arleigh Burke resigned in 1961. Mullen last served as Commander, Joint Forces Command Naples, and had operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq, and the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)
Mullen to Relieve Clark as CNO
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Adm. Mike Mullen will relieve Adm. Vern Clark as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy July 22. The ceremony will take place at the academy in Tecumseh Court, beginning at 10 a.m. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England will deliver remarks. The ceremony will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet on www.navy.mil.