|75th United States Secretary of the Navy|
May 19, 2009
|Preceded by||BJ Penn (Acting)|
|United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia|
July 5, 1994 â€“ April 25, 1996
|Preceded by||Charles Freeman|
|Succeeded by||Wyche Fowler|
|60th Governor of Mississippi|
January 12, 1988 â€“ January 14, 1992
|Preceded by||William Allain|
|Succeeded by||Kirk Fordice|
|Auditor of Mississippi|
January 10, 1984 â€“ January 12, 1988
|Preceded by||Hamp King|
|Succeeded by||Pete Johnson|
|Born||Raymond Edwin Mabus, Jr.
October 11, 1948
Starkville, Mississippi, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Julie Hines (1987â€“2000)
Lynne Horecky (2007â€“present)
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi, Oxford (BA)
Johns Hopkins University (MA)
Harvard University (JD)
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1970â€“1972|
|Rank||Lieutenant Junior Grade|
|Awards||Surface Warfare Officer badge|
Here are the choices I don't want to make: between paying additional fuel costs and flying and steaming less; between paying additional fuel costs and building fewer ships and planes.
When I do all-hands calls – and I do a lot of all-hands calls – and I look out across 50 people, or 5,000 people, I see United States sailors. I do not see male sailors, or female sailors, and I do not think anybody else does, either.
We've got SEAL teams in the field that are very close to net zero in terms of energy and water, so they can stay out almost indefinitely without being resupplied.
On 9/11, 2001, the Navy stood at 316 ships. By 2008, after one of the great military buildups in American history, we were at 278 ships and had 49,000 fewer sailors.