Story by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Aime Lykins
BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) welcomed Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, on an official visit, May 19.
Tyson is visiting the Pacific Northwest to speak with Sailors during various all-hands calls around Naval Base Kitsap and to serve as grand marshal of the 69th annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade.
The parade is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day parade in the nation and has an annual attendance of more than 25,000 people from western Washington.
“Vice Adm. Tyson is a ground breaking fleet admiral,” said Capt. Greg C. Huffman, commanding officer of John C. Stennis. “She has set new records on how to conduct fleet operations, command and control by pushing the 3rd Fleet forward.”
While onboard John C. Stennis, Tyson met with Sailors from each of the ship’s departments for a question and answer session, toured areas of the ship that have recently been updated, and met with ship’s leadership.
“Availabilities are all about being ready and flexible,” said Tyson during her address to the crew. “They are all about making sure that our ships, our people and our equipment is ready and as modernized as it can be so that when our country needs us, we are ready to go do whatever mission that platform is capable of doing. You are about half way through your maintenance availability, PIA [planned incremental maintenance availability], and you guys have done a great job.”
Tyson took time to congratulate the crew on the recently awarded Battle ‘E’ designation and spoke about the importance of readiness and flexibility while addressing the current missions of the 3rd Fleet’s numerous commands.
“You had a great deployment, everything that Stennis has touched has been golden, so I really want to say thank you to you guys for what you are doing,” said Tyson.
John C. Stennis is conducting a PIA at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.