U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, visited Naval Station Norfolk on August 10, 2017 for meetings with sailors and U.S. Navy leaders. Secretary Spencer toured the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) while docked at Naval Station Norfolk, and flew out to sea to visit the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Navy Secretary Richard Spencer visits USS Gerald R. Ford

The visit was just one week after Secretary Spencer was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy on August 3, 2017 at the Pentagon (navy.mil announcement) . Secretary Spencer, a Connecticut native, graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector (Secretary Richard V. Spencer full bio).

Secretary Spencer’s visit to the USS Gerald R. Ford was the first official time that a distinguished visitor flew aboard CVN 78 while at sea. While onboard, Secretary Spencer spoke with sailors at an all-hands meeting in the ship’s hangar bay, awarded Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Emerie Toylo and to Logistics Specialist 1st Class Gregory Chery, toured the ship, visited the Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room, and spoke with Captain Richard McCormack.

To continue reading about Secretary Spencer’s tour of CVN 78, please visit the USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs release at http://www.militarynews.com/norfolk-navy-flagship/news/top_stories/secretary-of-the-navy-visits-uss-gerald-r-ford-at/article_a874d78f-2d02-5a7d-aab0-c66f9ed736f7.html

Photos by the U.S. Navy and from the U.S. Navy’s, Secretary of the Navy website photo gallery at www.navy.mil/ldrPhotoTile.asp?id=1001&g=127

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