The Chief of Naval Operations pays tribute to the veterans of the greatest sea battle of World War II and draws parallels between the sacrifices of those men and the performance of today's sailors and Marines.
Our Navy is the most powerful maritime force in the history of the world. We sail into harm's way as a matter of routine, protecting democracy, our values, and the vital interests of the United States and its allies. Our sailors and Marines are highly trained and adept at operating sophisticated equipment and weaponry. We are mobile, flexible, and—as demonstrated by our superb performance in Operation Enduring Freedom—capable of striking from unprecedented distances. Few missions are beyond our reach.