This visit marked Del Toro’s first engagement with Sailors and Marines since being sworn in as the 78th Secretary of the Navy yesterday evening.
While in Norfolk, Del Toro, Gilday, and Wittman visited the LSE 2021 command and control center at Navy Warfare Development Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Operations Center, and embarked aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to meet with Sailors and Marines taking part in the exercise at sea.
“No doubt, the Navy’s ability to conduct globally integrated operations is absolutely fundamental to us maintaining sea control and power projection,” said Gilday. “Ultimately, this exercise will help us refine concepts and capabilities so we can better deliver coordinated effects from all domains in support of the Joint Force."
LSE 2021 merges live and synthetic training so Sailors and Marines across the globe can exercise the same battle problem in real time. It is intended to test warfighting concepts like Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) and Logistics in a Contested Environment (LOCE) as well as help Sailors and Marines build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s complex maritime environment.
“What separates us from our adversaries are our people,” Del Toro told a group of Sailors and Marines at Navy Warfare Development Command and aboard USS Kearsarge. “My commitment is to work tirelessly to get you the resources you need to fight and win. Thanks for what you do day-in and day-out.”
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have conducted numerous major exercises in the European, Atlantic and Pacific theatres, which have grown in scope and complexity in a testament to sustained U.S. commitment to maritime security globally.
LSE 2021 is the first iteration of what will become a triennial exercise with plans for future iterations to include Allies and partners. It is a CNO-directed exercise led jointly by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe alongside their Marine Corps counterparts, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Marine Forces Atlantic, and U.S. Marine Forces Europe. For more information on LSE 2021, please visit: https://www.Navy.Mil/Resources/Blogs/Detail/Article/2711004/Large-Scale-Exercise/