NAPLES, Italy — The Navy’s top officer and senior enlisted sailor met briefly with servicemembers Wednesday morning during a visit to the U.S. Navy base in Naples, highlighting topics dealing with the Navy’s future.
Adm. Gary Roughead, the new chief of naval operations, and Joe Campa, master chief petty officer, spoke to a theater full of chief petty officers and above as well as officers.
They covered various topics, including the newly unveiled Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard maritime strategy, which focuses on fighting terrorism and humanitarian aid; missions that teach participating African nations about maritime awareness and protecting their own seas; and recruiting and retention efforts, according to Navy personnel who attended.
The morning’s “all hands” with sailors, held at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples, was closed to the general public and news media.
The Navy’s top leaders are at the tail end of a tour to meet with sailors, particularly those serving in the Middle East. It’s Roughead’s first trip outside of the U.S. as chief of naval operations. He took over the Navy’s top officer job about a month ago.