Washington, DC - The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) testified before the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee to provide a personnel overview and contextualize the people side of the president's proposed fiscal year 2015 (FY 15) budget, today.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, CNP, testified on Capitol Hill alongside personnel representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the other services.

In his opening statement provided for the record, CNP reminded the subcommittee that the capabilities of the men and women serving in the U.S. Navy are in high demand around the world, citing the Navy's recent contributions to the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, two forward-deployed strike groups, and ongoing partnership operations in the Black Sea.

"Today, more than one third of our Navy is underway, a significant accomplishment given the fiscal challenges we faced in 2013," Moran said in his statement.

He cautioned that if sequestration continued, the Navy would face long-term consequences to combat readiness.

The Navy's budget submission prioritizes funding for forward presence and continues to make critical investments in people and future capabilities.

"As we took on this budget, certainly we understood the imperative of reducing national debt in order to increase national security," said Moran. "But, many of the levers we pulled last year to mitigate operational impacts were simply no longer available."

The proposed $148 billion budget is a $15 billion decrease from the level forecast in last year's budget submission and is a $38 billion reduction over the Future Year Defense Plan from the FY14 Presidential Budget.

The tough choices made in the FY 15 budget maintain quality of service for Sailors, Moran said, adding that the focus is improving manning at sea, retaining the Navy's best and brightest and increasing the readiness of Sailors and their families.

"All of what American sea power means today, and what it might become, lies squarely upon the shoulders of the people who make it so," said Moran. "And those people stand directly at the center of the budget now before you."