Congresswoman Aumua Amata was in the audience for a luncheon briefing on the status of current worldwide United States Naval operations and the Navy’s role in national security.
Underscoring the importance of such briefings, the congresswoman said due to the geographical location of American Samoa, “it is crucial that we have a Navy that is able to provide a robust presence in the Pacific and around the world,” .
She added that it’s vital that Members of Congress are regularly briefed on the operations of our military and such briefings help lawmakers formulate sound policies that will help us better protect our nation.
Among speakers at the briefing were the Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller, and the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson.
Each speaker touched on different aspects of U.S. Naval operations and policy including expanding our fleet, personnel training, tactical readiness.