SECDEF Visits USS Freedom in Singapore

Sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) had the unique opportunity of interacting with the nation’s highest ranking military advisor when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the ship, June 2.

Hagel said, addressing Sailors via the ship’s 1MC. “What you represent to our country and our partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region cannot be overstated. You are really defining a new era, a new ship, new capacities and new opportunities. And I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your good work.”

 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) by 1MC in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) by 1MC in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens to a sailor on the bridge of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens to a sailor on the bridge of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is shown the mission control center by Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is shown the mission control center by Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel watches a waterborne mission demonstration aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel watches a waterborne mission demonstration aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tours the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tours the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visits with sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visits with sailors aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Released)

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SECDEF Visits USS Freedom in Singapore