Coast Guard update to the Surface Naval Association

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp speaks at the 23rd annual national symposium of the Surface Naval Association. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp speaks at the 23rd annual national symposium of the Surface Naval Association. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Yesterday, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp provided a Coast Guard update to the 23rd annual symposium of the Surface Naval Association.

In his speech, Adm. Papp provided attendees a snapshot of the Coast Guard’s major cutter fleet and efforts to recapitalize these ships.  “We anticipate delivery of the first three [Fast Response Cutter] hulls by the end of calendar year 2011,” said Adm. Papp, adding, “The acquisition project to replace 12 high endurance cutters [with new National Security Cutters] is well underway.

While discussing his principle of Steady the Service, Adm. Papp said, “Rather than proposing additional change, I determined that our best course of action would be to complete these [modernization] initiatives, and seek to properly resource our new post 9-11 responsibilities.”  Adm. Papp went on to outline the other three of his four principles: Honor our Profession, Strengthen our Partnerships, and Respect our Shipmates.

This year’s Surface Navy Association symposium theme is, “Surface Naval Forces: Relevant Capabilities For A Challenging Future.”

Click here to read Adm. Papp’s speech.

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