SECNAV visits Sailors, Marines in Hawaii

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, speaks to service members during an all-hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

MC3 Omar N. Rubi

Navy Public Affairs Element Detachment Hawaii

The auditorium was filled with nearly 500 service members for the all-hands call as U.S. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Richard V. Spencer discussed his outline for the Navy within the region at Bloch Arena on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9.

SECNAV shared with the audience that at the top of his efforts are career opportunities stating, “People’s career advancement is our highest priority.” Spencer affirmed that he is directly working with members of Congress to get this initiative approved.

A Sailor listens to Spencer’s response to her question.

During the all-hands call Spencer stressed the importance of maintaining relationships between our international allies and the Navy and Marine Corps. He reiterated that our international allies are an integral part of this relationship and our presence as a nation.

The audience asked SECNAV a variety of questions ranging from security, the impending Space Force, sea lanes, and the Navy’s new littoral combat ships (LCS).

“We’re going to finish up the LCS plans,” Spencer said. “The LCS offers us an expanse in global operations.”

One of the last questions was in regard to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s opportunity to serve.

“So long as a person is willing and able, they will have the opportunity to serve,” Spencer said.

From Hawaii, Spencer continues his visits throughout the Pacific.

U.S. Navy photos by MC3 Darienne Slack

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