The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 13.10.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 13.10.1978, Blaðsíða 1
WAtoe/^fafam Volume 34, Number 41 Keflavik, Iceland October 13, 1978 Happy 203rd Birthday U.S. Navy! This 203rd anniversary of the Navy's founding offers each of us an excellent opportunity to step back from our daily duties for a moment to assess ourselves. We have come a long way from the difficulties that were the legacy .of Vietnam. Today we are a strong, ¦ready force for the United States that can respond promptly and ef- fectively if called upon. We are a proud Navy and we are keenly a- ware if the challenge we face. We are volunteers for whom service to country is more than a hollow phrase. The Navy today is firmly on course and has strong momentum. For the first time in several years we see the prospect of a larger Navy as new, highly capable ships begin to enter the fleet in num- bers. The days ahead will not always offer smooth sailing, but our fellow countrymen have provided the resources for the kind of Navy the United States must have to remain pre-eminent on the seas. It is our task to ensure we are never found wanting. To all our Navy people, uniform- ed and civilian, happy birthday. At this important milestone I ask that you join with me in recogniz- ing our many strengths, and that as professionals, we together renew our resolve to keep the United States Navy second to none. Our collective security demands no less. (Signed) Thomas B. Hayward, Ad- miral, U.S., Navy. from: Adm Train "Since the Continental Congress first authorized the outfitting of ships on October 13, 1775, the en- during strength and motivating force of the Naval Service has been the professional commitment to duty by the capable, diligent and hard working Navy men and women, military and civilian, whose pride in our country and the Navy is reflected in themselves. That professional commitment has been challenged by important changes in our Navy; the modernization and reduction in our fleet, severe fiscal con- straints, and the continuing dramatic expansion of the Soviet fleet. You Navy professionals in the Atlantic Fleet have been more than equal to the challenge: whether you've deployed overseas, participated in a major exercise, overhauled a fleet unit or sup- ported the fleet from behind a desk. Your efforts this past ye.ar h?ve contributed signifi- cantly to America's ability to use the seas freely to encourage our friends and discourage po- tential enemies. continued on page 4 DURING A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION "EDITH", Coral Sea Housing residents meet at their pre-planned escape points Monday. Cdr. Smith takes NavSta XO position

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