SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 17, 2014) – Lt. Valentine Sviatocha, from San Diego, Calif., administers anesthetic to a patient aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard’s crew is currently making preparations to get underway and continue the ship’s efforts in supporting the Chief of Naval Operations three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Dickinson/RELEASED)
Why Being There Matters
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.