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Pacific Ocean, Feb 2021: Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday reenlists Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is currently conducting routine operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet. (Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Cheyenne Geletka)

The Navy’s budgets of the past seven or eight years are significantly different than those of 20 years ago because threats have changed, Adm. Michael M. Gilday, the chief of naval operations, told an audience at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space symposium at National Harbor Maryland.

The Navy’s mission now, Gilday said, focuses upon competing, campaigning, deterring and potentially fighting a near-peer competitor. In the context of the National Defense Strategy put forth by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, China remains the most significant threat.

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“In order to resource a fleet you have to understand how you’re going to use the fleet, how you’re going to fight the fleet,” Gilday said. “And so that journey has been incredibly important for us in terms of looking at ourselves and understanding how we’re going to operate, train and then potentially fight.”

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