Port of Spain August 22, 2014:Ray Mabus, Secretary of the United States Navy, visited Trinidad and Tobago on August 22 to meet with government officials about military, maritime and security issues. Mabus, who came to Trinidad as part of a regional trip, met with His Excellency President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona at President’s House. Mabus also met Minister of National Security Gary Griffith and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran. During his meetings, Mabus reaffirmed the friendship between the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation on issues of mutual concern.
“We value our relationship with Trinidad and Tobago,” said Mabus, “and part of the purpose of my visit is to explore ways we can expand our military-to-military partnership, whether it is through training or participation in joint exercises so we can increase our interoperability.”
Also participating in the meetings were Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges and Chief of the Security Cooperation Office Commander Kevin Austin, both of the U.S. Embassy, as well as the Secretary’s travelling staff.
Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy and leads America’s Navy and Marine Corps. Mabus is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, equipping, training and mobilizing. He is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and leadership of almost 900,000 people. Leading the world’s only global Navy, Mabus has traveled more than 800 thousand miles to over 100 countries to maintain and develop relationships with national and international officials and visit with Sailors and Marines stationed around the world.
From 1988 to 1992, Mabus served as Governor of Mississippi, the youngest elected to that office in more than 150 years. Mabus also served as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1994-1996. In 2013, he was named one of the top 50 highest rated CEOs by Glassdoor, an online jobs and career community. Mabus was the only leader of a federal agency to receive this award.
Secretary Mabus is a native of Ackerman, Mississippi, and received a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Law Degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. After Johns Hopkins, Mabus served in the Navy as an officer aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock.