(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –On Tuesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. helped host U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson during his first trip to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division in Crane, Indiana.
The purpose of Admiral Richardson’s visit was to highlight Crane as a world leader in cutting-edge technological development critical to our country’s national defense. NSWC Crane is the third largest U.S. Navy installation in the world and the third largest employer in Southwest Indiana employing approximately 5,000 civilian personnel.
“Crane plays a critical role in supporting the best-trained, most well-prepared, and strongest warfighters that make up the U.S. military and it is absolutely critical that we tell Crane’s story,” said Bucshon. “I’m happy to have helped host Admiral Richardson’s first visit and I’m honored to represent the dedicated men and women at Crane.”
Here are some key takeaways from Admiral Richardson’s visit:
- Congressman Bucshon acknowledged the importance of Admiral Richardson’s visit to Crane: “This is an important visit. I’d like to thank the CNO for being here and seeing the amazing work that’s done here by Hoosiers and the commitment they have to the mission and the warfighters protecting this country.” (Washington Times Herald; 8/24/2016)
- Admiral Richardson saw firsthand the exceptionalism and dedication of the Hoosier workforce: “This was a great day, not only to see the supreme talent that’s resident here, but also to see the dedication of the people here. They will go to the last molecule of their energy to make our nation safer and to bring our people back safe and sound.” (Washington Times Herald; 8/24/2016)
- Crane is a national leader in the research and development of cutting-edge technologies: “They [Crane] have a micro-environment of very fast learning, very fast technology improvement and they have found clever ways to make them real here on the Crane facility and then get them into the hands of the warfighters around the world. That’s part of the remarkable thing they do here at Crane; not just the generation of ideas and technology, but the distribution into the hands of our sailors very, very quickly.” (Washington Times Herald; 8/24/2016)
- Admiral Richardson plans to use Crane as a blueprint to help the Navy streamline the movement of new technologies from the development phase to battle-ready use: “My impression is how do I take what I see here at Crane and scale that up and get the whole Navy to move at that speed.” (Washington Times Herald; 8/24/2016)
Following the tour, Congressman Bucshon, Admiral Richardson, and Senator Donnelly held a press conference to discuss the event. The press conference can be accessed in its entirety on the CNO’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CNORichardson/.
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.