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Navy Secretary to unveil new initiative in Va.

Monday - 3/5/2012, 7:33am  ET

By BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will announce a new initiative for sailors and Marines around the world during a rare "all hands" call.

Mabus is scheduled to unveil the new program during a televised and webcast speech at Naval Station Norfolk on Monday. Among other things, it will focus on personal readiness.

Mabus has told members of Congress that personal readiness includes ensuring that service members and their families are prepared to handle the mental and emotional rigors of military service.

After more than a decade of war, the operational pace for the fleet is not expected to slow down anytime soon as the Pentagon shifts its focus toward the Pacific.

Mabus' speech will be aboard the USS Bataan, which recently returned from the Navy's longest deployment in nearly 40 years.


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