Surface Warfare Discussed at 27th Annual SNA Symposium

Naval leaders, government officials and private industry members gathered for the final presentations and closing banquet of the 27th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium (SNA) in Crystal City, Virginia, Jan. 15.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivered his keynote address on the state of the surface Navy, highlighting the strength of the fleet and debunking rumors.

Uniquely, what we provide, the Navy and the Marine Corps, is presence. That constant presence, ready for any challenge that may come over the horizon. In order to provide that presence that we need today, we have more than 100 ships forward deployed and more than 30,000 marines deployed around the world.

Providing that presence falls on the surface fleet, the foundation of our Navy. The foundation of our Navy is ships. That’s what we are. That’s why we’re the Navy. We have to have a right-sized fleet to do what we need to do.

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard wrapped up the SNA symposium with her closing remarks at the annual SNA banquet.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Surface Warfare: Distributed Lethality – Going on the Offensive,” and government-contracted defense companies, suppliers and commands exhibiting the latest in surface warfare technology and the way ahead for future research and development converged to display their capabilities. The symposium also provided an opportunity for discussing a broad range of professional and career issues for the surface community.

The SNA was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in naval surface warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces.

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