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Secretary Of The Navy To Visit Crane
Updated May 5, 2013 1:04 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(UNDATED) - The Secretary of the Navy will visit Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center on Tuesday morning.

Secretary Ray Mabus will address an All Hands meeting at NSWC.

Following the All Hands program, Mabus will tour a classified lab working on IED jamming followed by a tour of the Special Weapons Assessment Facility where he will tour various technology developed and will shoot several different weapons used by the special forces community, according to Pam Ingram, Public Affairs Officer, NSWC Crane.

Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy.

As secretary, he leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $150 billion and almost 900,000 people.

Prior to joining the administration of President Barack Obama, Mabus served in a variety of top posts in government and the private sector.

In 1988, Mabus was elected governor of Mississippi. As the youngest governor of Mississippi in more than 100 years at the time of his election, he stressed education and job creation. He was named one of Fortune Magazine's top 10 education governors.

He was later appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Clinton administration in 1994. During his tenure as Ambassador, a crisis with Iraq was successfully averted and Saudi Arabia officially abandoned the boycott of United States businesses that trade with Israel.

He also was Chairman and CEO of Foamex, a large manufacturing company, which he led out of bankruptcy in less than nine months paying all creditors in full and saving equity.

Prior to becoming governor, he was elected state auditor of Mississippi and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock.

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