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NEWS | Nov. 15, 2022

READOUT: Pacific Fleet commander’s Travel to Japan 5-9 Nov 2022

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs -- Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Japan for the 18th Western Pacific Maritime Symposium (WPNS) and fleet engagements, November 5-9, 2022.

Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Japan for the 18th Western Pacific Maritime Symposium (WPNS) and fleet engagements, November 5-9, 2022.

WPNS provided naval leaders from 26 nations the opportunity to discuss maritime matters of mutual interest while building confidence and trust in the ability to work together for a free and open Indo Pacific.

Paparo and senior leaders and staff embarked the Japanese destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) to observe the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force led International Fleet Review. U.S. participants included the guide-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and F/A-18, F-35, MH-60R and P-8 aircraft assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet. While not part of the formation, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 77) sailed nearby.

During WPNS, Paparo participated in bilateral meetings with:

  • Adm. Ryo Sakai, Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
  • Adm. Jong-Ho Lee, Chief of Naval Operations for the Republic of Korea Navy
  • Adm. M. Shaheen Iqbal, Chief of Naval Staff for the Bangladesh Navy
  • Adm. Hari Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff for the India Navy
  • Adm. Pierre Vandier, Chief of Naval Staff for the Marine Nationale of France
  • Adm. Ben Key, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom
  • Vice Adm. Angus Topshee, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Vice Adm. Datuk Abdul Rahman Bin Ayob, Deputy Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Rear Adm. Aaron Beng, Chief of the Navy for the Republic of Singapore
  • Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Valencia, Acting Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy
  • Rear Adm. Jonathan Earley, Fleet Commander of the Royal Australian Navy

He also spoke with:

  • Vice Adm. Yerko Marcic, Chief of Staff of the Chilean Navy
  • Vice Adm. Francisco Cubides, Commander of the Colombian Navy
  • Cdre. Humphrey Tawake, Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy (also Deputy Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF)
  • Adm. Yudo Margono, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy
  • Rear Adm. David Proctor, Chief of Navy of the Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Adm. M Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy
  • Adm. Alberto Alcalá, Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Navy
  • Rear Adm. Neville Ubayasiri, Director of Naval Services at the Sri Lankan Naval Headquaters
  • Capt. Sione Ulakai, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga
  • Adm. Tran Thanh Nghiem, Chief of Navy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On Nov. 7, Sakai, Lee and Paparo convened a trilateral meeting to discuss enhancing trilateral security cooperation between Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States against common security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region including those posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Sakai also met with Paparo aboard the Japanese frigate JS Mogami (FFM-1) while in port Yokohama, where the two leaders discussed the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance and toured the vessel.

Formed in 1988, WPNS aims at increasing member nations’ ability to operate together and build relationships by providing a venue for discussing maritime issues, exchanging information and developing international cooperation and transparency through the establishment of international standards in relation to the use of the sea. Its membership includes nations which are located in, or have significant strategic interests within the Western Pacific.

Attendance at the WPNS and visit to Japan underscored the United States’ commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific.

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