It was just another day in the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson recounted in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Appropriations in March of this year. On 27 October 2015:
• The destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) transited the Mediterranean following an 11-nation multinational exercise in the Black Sea and a port visit to Odessa, Ukraine––demonstrating U.S. commitment to allies and friends in the face of Russian adventurism.
• Sailors at the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command monitored intrusion prevention sensors that actively mitigated almost 300,000 instances of unauthorized or adversary activity across the Navy network enterprise, including more than 60,000 threats to afloat networks.
• The USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) Amphibious Ready Group, with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, participated in a Turkish-led amphibious exercise.
• Five ballistic-missile submarines patrolled the oceans (the latest in more than 4,000 patrols since 1960), providing 100 percent strategic-deterrence readiness.