Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus visits the littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Freedom on its maiden SE Asia deployment.
Mabus, the 75th SECNAV, delivered remarks on the flight deck of Freedom to more than 200 foreign dignitaries and representatives from 26 countries, U.S. citizens in Singapore, and Sailors.
Mabus’ remarks focused on the Navy’s longstanding presence in Southeast Asia and highlighted the new role of littoral combat ships to work with regional navies and promote shared interests. ”There are many key engagements between our allies, partners and friends within this region,” said Mabus. “USS Freedom was tailor made for this area and LCS is going to be one of the most crucial platforms the United States Navy has available.”