Our Navy’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority is a framework to guide our behaviors and investments, now and in the years ahead. The Design’s core attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness serve as criteria for our decisions and actions.  These four attributes, as applied to our professional identity, foster trust between commanders or supervisors and subordinates, and enable the decentralized operations required in the current operating environment.



While all four attributes are inherent in high-performing teams, accountability is directly related to mission accomplishment. Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, says it best that “accountability is the connection between what we do and how that action achieves and accomplishes the mission.”

Accountability should not be perceived as a negative or only associated with punishment. Accountability is a positive attribute, and by holding ourselves and each other to high performance standards, we conduct our work in a way that culminates in personal and mission success.

While not to diminish accountability in the private sector, the military is unique in that the exercise of accountability is directly related to mission accomplishment, thus impacting the safety and security of our nation.

And while we are striving for the highest levels of accountability, we need to empower our workforce so that our members operate in an environment where they can reach their full potential and maximize their contribution to the team.

In everything we do, let’s keep personal and professional accountability in the forefront, using it to propel our high-performing teams upward to the next level.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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