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Chief of Naval Operations Speaks at Battle of Midway Commemoration

Chief of Naval Operations Speaks at Battle of Midway Commemoration

By Photographer’s Mate Airman Orlando Ramos, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific.

San Diego, California -- (NNS) June 28, 2006 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen addressed hundreds of Sailors and Battle of Midway veterans aboard the USS Midway (CV 41) aircraft musuem June 3, as part of the commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the historic battle.

San Diego, June 3, 2006 - CNO Adm. Mike Mullen delivers a speech for the Victory of Midway Commemoration at the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum aboard USS Midway (CV 41). The commemoration is held annually to remember Sailors sacrifices and victory at the Battle of Midway in 1942. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Joshua Valcarcel.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Joshua Valcarcel

"We stand in the company of men who remember Midway not only as a heroic victory, but also as the bloody, ferocious fight for freedom," said Mullen.

  • The Battle of Midway is considered by many historians to be the most significant United States naval battle in history.

“I believe the most important reason we won the Battle of Midway was not by chance or luck, but because of the miraculous character of the men of Midway and the common commitment to liberty, country and each other,” said Mullen.

Prior to the Battle of Midway, Japan was on the offensive, capturing territory throughout Asia and the Pacific. The Japanese had planned to take over Midway, use it as an advanced base and entrap and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Because of U.S. intelligence breakthroughs, Japan’s plans were thwarted when the U.S. Pacific Fleet surprised the Japanese forces, sinking four Japanese carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor six months earlier.

“Midway was a defining battle; it was the first time a decisive victory occurred where the ships involved didn’t come into contact with each other,” said John McLaughlin, president of the Midway Museum and a retired rear admiral.

“This was emblematic of the transition of our great Navy from a battleship-centric Navy to an aircraft carrier–centric one,” said McLaughlin. “It completely changed the course of battle in the Pacific. We went from being in a defensive posture to an offensive posture. It was truly a monumental battle.”

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).