VCNO MESSAGE TO THE FLEET:
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RMKS/1. Team Navy: As Vice Chief of Naval Operations, I am now performing
the duties of the Chief of Naval Operations until the 33rd CNO is appointed,
in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 8035.
With the challenges we face as a Navy and as a Nation, I do so with a sense
of urgency and a keen eye on what is necessary to ensure our Navy remains the
world's preeminent fighting force.
2. The work of our Navy continues undisrupted and unabated.
We continue to operate our ships, submarines, and aircraft at the point of
friction with our competitors, and at the point of friendship with our allies
and partners. Our Navy is deployed around the world and around the clock,
providing options to our Nation's decision makers in competition, crisis, and
conflict. We sustain forward-deployed lethal forces that enhance the peace
and deter our adversaries. We are ready to fight and win today if called.
3. Our adversaries recognize that we are the world's most powerful Navy.
Together with the Joint Force, let us assure our allies and partners that
they have no more trusted friend.
And let us inspire confidence in our fellow Americans that their Navy has the
4. In our ongoing effort to strengthen warfighters, improve warfighting, and
ready the platforms that support them, our way ahead is clear and our course
is true. We will continue our Navy-wide culture renovation, where Get Real
Get Better is the standard of leadership and problem-solving that leaders at
all levels embrace and live. We are building teams that are self-assessing,
self-correcting, and always learning toward one goal - delivering warfighting
advantage. Similarly, we have commenced a once-in-a-generation
transformation of our Navy in order to develop, design, and deploy the
weapons and tools we need to compete and win, both now and in the future.
In this decisive decade, we will maintain this course and increase our speed.
5. During this leadership transition, our core identity as Sailors remains
unchanged. We are forged by the sea and connected to each other through our
core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Alongside our Navy civilians
and Defense Industrial Base partners, we are a team of professionals. We are
steadfast in our dedication to our mission and our shipmates.
6. I am proud to serve beside you and will rely on your continued commitment
to our Navy and our Constitution. Thank you for what you do, and please pass
my thanks to your families and support networks for what they do to keep us
ready - every day - to fight and win against any adversary, any time.
7. Following four years of honorable and faithful service as our 32nd CNO,
we express our gratitude to Admiral Mike Gilday for his transformational
leadership of our Navy at the outset of this decisive decade.
As he concludes an exceptional 38-year career, we join together to wish him,
his wife Linda, and their family "fair winds and following seas."
8. All current orders and directives issued by the 32nd CNO remain in
9. Released by Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti, performing the duties of Chief of