Posted by: arbeam | February 5, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visits Bremerton Feb 6

Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy

Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy

BREMERTON — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus visits Bremerton on Wednesday to speak with sailors and shipyard workers about issues affecting today’s Navy. Wonder what’s on their minds.He is sure to address budget problems coming to a head next month. On March 1, across-the-board cuts called sequestration will take affect if Congress doesn’t agree on the federal budget deficit. It would cost the Navy $9.6 billion the following seven months, including $90 million for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

But Mabus won’t be consumed by the impending financial situation, according to his office. He’ll celebrate achievements of local sailors, Marines and civilian Department of Defense workers, participate in re-enlistments and take part in a ship-naming ceremony while he’s in the Northwest.

Mabus, who last visited the area in April 2010, will host an all-hands call Wednesday at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton gym. He’ll jump over to the shipyard to visit sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Then he’ll be off to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for similar activities in the afternoon.

On Thursday, Mabus will join Gov. Jay Inslee at a ship-naming event on the Seattle waterfront. In April, Mabus announced in April the naming of five Virgina-class fast attack submarines after states, including Washington. The ceremony will take place now, though the boat won’t be delivered until 2016. Washington hasn’t had a state bear its name since World War II, Kunze said.

Kitsap Sun Article

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