Navy secretary visits Whidbey
February 5, 2013 · Updated 2:49 PM
Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus will visit Whidbey Island Naval Air Station today, Feb. 6.
Mabus will speak with sailors and civilian personnel about issues affecting today’s Navy, according to a news release.
As Secretary of the Navy, Mabus is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, equipping, training and mobilizing. Additionally, he oversees the construction and repair of naval ships, aircraft and facilities.
Mabus is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and leadership of almost 900,000 people.
Ray Mabus is the 75th secretary of the Navy. Upon assumption of office and throughout his tenure, Mabus has prioritized improving the quality of life of sailors, marines and their families, decreasing the department’s dependence on fossil fuels, strengthening partnerships and revitalizing the Navy’s shipbuilding program.
In June 2010, as an additional duty, President Obama appointed Mabus to prepare the long-term recovery plan for the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.