SecNav Tours China Lake


Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer arrived
at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California on November 17 to
get a firsthand look at the damage caused by two of Southern California’s largest
earthquakes in 20 years that shook the base this past July. The major earthquakes, and thousands of aftershocks,
caused structural damage to numerous buildings, including one of the main hangars, rendering
some of them unsafe, and some unrepairable. China Lake leaders talked with SecNav about
what’s needed to move forward and continue providing the strategically vital work for
the Navy and our national defense that is possible because of China Lake’s unique
expertise, capabilities and location. Additional stops on the 3-and-a-half-hour
tour provided an opportunity to show Secretary Spencer some of the ongoing innovative work
and speed-to-fleet projects that directly support the warfighter. China Lake is a very unique facility for the United States Navy and for DoD in general. Secretary Spencer also recognized and praised
the resilience of the China Lake workforce. The team out here and the conditions that they were faced with and the way they reacted and responded. And as you know the majority of folks out here are civilian teammates, they did an absolutely spectacular job, and they continue to do a great job. That was the most impressive thing.

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