Next to the nuclear deterrence mission, presence is the most important mission a navy does in peacetime. As we’ve discussed often previously, the navy – how it looks and how its Sailors act – represent the country they serve. Overseas presence has primary, secondary, and supporting effects in all the traditional areas of national power outside the military; diplomatic, economic, and informational.
The first impression – and for many the only impression – of the United States Navy is when someone sees our ships, either in person or via the media. How that ships looks and acts is a direct and clear reflection of that navy and its nation.