Damage Controlman 3rd Class Grant Gonyea, from Ilion, N.Y., instructs Yeoman 3rd Class Travis Simmons, from San Diego, on the proper way to apply a banding patch during general quarters training aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Enright/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.