PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo met with heads of navies and coast guards during the 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 14-17.
The leaders discussed the importance of strong defense partnerships and the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Paparo held discussions with a number of ISS participants including:
ISS focused on strength in unity. The U.S. vision excludes no nation and does not ask countries to choose between one partner nation and another, instead, the U.S. asks that all countries uphold the core principles of the international order. Challenges to strategic waterways are a global problem set that will only be solved with global resolve.
The strength of our network of alliances and partnerships is an unparalleled strategic asset and our asymmetric advantage.