Sarah Porter is a politician who became the new Secretary of the Navy or SECNAV after her predecessor, Clayton Jarvis died in a hotel bomb in the Season 11 premiere episode, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (episode).
In the episode Gut Check (episode), Porter ended up becoming an unwitting accomplice in a security breach when it became apparent that a pen she had in her possession had been bugged during a briefing.
This, alongside a prior NSA report made by then-NSA analyst Eleanor Bishop that had predicted this security breach, resulted in the NSA (Bishop, more specifically) teaming up with the NCIS Major Case Response Team led by NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs to investigate the people responsible for the security breach.
- Is the first ever female SECNAV to have appeared in "NCIS".
- Like Matt Craven (Clayton Jarvis), Leslie Hope is originally from Canada.
- Is the only SECNAV in NCIS who did not serve in the US Military.