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Coats Invites Chief of Naval Operations to Visit NSWC Crane in Indiana

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Location: Washington, DC

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today invited Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, to visit the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Indiana during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing.

"The Crane Naval base in Indiana is an innovative facility with an advanced workforce that continues to deliver cutting-edge capabilities to our nation's warfighters," said Coats. "I thank Secretary Mabus for visiting Crane back in September and I would like to extend an invitation to Admiral Greenert to come out to Indiana and see the work being done to help make our electronic warfare more efficient."

NSWC Crane in southern Indiana is the third largest naval installation in the world. It provides comprehensive support for our warfighters in three focus areas: strategic missions, electronic warfare/information operations and special missions. With nearly 3,700 civilian employees and 1,700 contractors, NSWC Crane is one of Indiana's largest employers.

Coats also questioned Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and other naval leaders on how cuts to defense spending as a result of budget sequestration will impact the Navy's ability to meet our nation's national security needs.

"There is no doubt that every federal agency, including the Department of Defense, must find ways to save taxpayer dollars because of the severity of our fiscal crisis," said Coats. "But these reductions must not hollow out our Armed Forces preventing our military from achieving its mission. I remain concerned that the sequestration cuts resulting from the Budget Control Act, which I opposed, will put our national security at risk."

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