By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
April 9, 2010 - NEW YORK CITY (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead visited Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and the New York Yacht Club and spoke with the New York City Navy League April 8.
Roughead began his trip at a luncheon with the New York City Navy League where he expressed his gratitude to the group for all that they do for Sailors, with whom he feels extraordinarily honored to serve with.
"I appreciate the way that you care for [Sailors] when they come to your home," said Roughead. "For someone in the Navy, there is no better city to come to than New York City."
CNO toured the school facilities at NYU-Poly and had an opportunity to speak with faculty and students, highlighting the technological similarities the school has with the Navy.
"The Navy is known for having been on the forefront of many technological advances," said Roughead. "Technology is very much a part of who we are."
Roughead visited classrooms where students presented current research projects and was able to speak to them about the advantages of being a Sailor in the U.S. Navy.
"[What] is so terrific about the Navy is, it does not make any difference where you're from, who you are, (but) if you have the passion, you have the commitment and you have the desire to serve others, the sky is the limit," said Roughead.
After his NYU-Poly trip, Roughead visited with members of the New York Yacht Club where he spoke about the mission of the Navy and its global effects.
"As we go forward, we're not going to be unchallenged by the world," said Roughead. "We can't assume we'll maintain our strength without the vigilance of our leadership and, most important, the vigilance of the American people."
He went on to speak about the talent and commitment of the Sailors who make up the Navy.
"Every Sailor who is on watch tonight knows that he or she carries a special responsibility for this nation," said Roughead. "They carry that responsibility with the greatest pride and professionalism that you could possibly imagine."