Monday, February 14, 2011

Newly-Elected Senator Visits COMUSNAVSO/C4F Headquarters

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) welcomed a U.S. senator to COMUSNAVSO/C4F headquarters during his tour of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Feb. 11.

Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, COMUSNAVSO/C4F, welcomed Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida-native who served in the Florida House of Representative from 2000 to 2008.

During that period, Rubio served as a majority whip, majority leader and speaker of the house.

During Rubio's visit, he had the opportunity to step inside the Maritime Operations Center, where he received a brief by Capt. Michael Jacobsen, COMUSNAVSO/C4F's chief of staff.

Jacobsen talked about the command's maritime operations in the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), as well as the functionality of deployed assets in support of the several exercises conducted throughout the AOR.

"I was really impressed with the tour of U.S. 4th Fleet's facilities - I had a lot of questions about their area of operations," said Rubio. "I came away with a better understanding of our Navy's involvement with South America and how it directly impacts our national security and economic interests."

After a brief stop in Guillory's office, Rubio departed COMUSNAVSO/C4F headquarters to continue his tour of the naval installation with Capt. Douglas F. Cochrane, Naval Station Mayport's commanding officer.

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the AOR. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster response, community relations and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

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