Story Number: NNS140820-11Release Date: 8/20/2014 4:07:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- SAN DIEGO - The Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Adm. Michelle Howard, visited Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) and Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), Aug. 19.
During her visit to NASNI, Howard met with Sailors attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 to discuss the outcome of their most recent mission.
"Our purpose for this visit was to highlight some of the unique capabilities that HSM-35 provides to the Navy as an expeditionary squadron that no one else in the Navy has done at this point with MH-60R and MQ8B helicopters," said Lt. Cmdr. Eli Owre, training officer head for HSM-35. "Anytime we get to showcase senior leadership what we do and what we bring to an operational fight is a great opportunity."
HSM-35 is the Navy's first operation squadron with both manned and unmanned aircraft.
Howard also visited and toured littoral combat ship USS Forth Worth (LCS 3), which is homeported on NBSD.
Howard said the LCS brings adaptability because it can self deploy and has the capability and responsiveness needed in warfighting.
Howard expressed that the LCS is a vital part of the Navy's rebalance to the Pacific and are equipped with the latest technology.
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