U.S. Fleet Forces Command hosted a ceremony commemorating the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.
We need strong warships that are flexible, adaptable and built to last by America. We need bold and innovative commanders with highly motivated and incredibly proficient crews. We are a seagoing nation that not only requires a strong coastal Navy but also a blue water Navy that can project power overseas to protect freedom of navigation at strategic maritime crossroads where shipping lanes and our security interests intersect. These are the conditions under which our Navy started. These are the lessons we learned more than two hundred years ago. These are the imperatives by which we must operate today.