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READOUT: Pacific Fleet commander’s travel to New Zealand, September 12-14

13 September 2022

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Wellington, New Zealand, Sept. 12-14, 2022 to affirm and advance the strong partnership between New Zealand and the United States. Paparo met with senior New Zealand officials to discuss maritime security threats to the region, including climate change
Adm. Samuel Paparo speaks with students at the New Zealand Command and Staff College.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-3050 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with students at the New Zealand Command and Staff College, during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo writes a condolence to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and to the people of New Zealand and all Commonwealths during a visit to Joint Forces New Zealand headquarters.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-3020 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, cmmander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, writes a condolence to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and to the people of New Zealand and all Commonwealths during a visit to Joint Forces New Zealand headquarters. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo meets with Rear Admiral James Gilmour.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-3011 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Rear Admiral James Gilmour, during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo meets with Commodore Melissa Ross.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-2048 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Royal New Zealand Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Melissa Ross, during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo meets with Commodore Melissa Ross.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-2040 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Royal New Zealand Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Melissa Ross, and members of the New Zealand Defence Force during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo meets with Commodore Melissa Ross and members of the New Zealand Defence Force.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-2037 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Royal New Zealand Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Melissa Ross, and members of the New Zealand Defence Force during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo meets with Commodore Melissa Ross and members of the New Zealand Defence Force.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-2032 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Royal New Zealand Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Melissa Ross, and members of the New Zealand Defence Force during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, participates in a media engagement.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-1001 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, participates in a media engagement during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with students at the New Zealand Command and Staff College, during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand.
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | 220913-N-ER806-3041 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Sept. 13, 2022) Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with students at the New Zealand Command and Staff College, during a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. The visit to New Zealand emphasized the U.S. commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Bauer)

Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Wellington, New Zealand, Sept. 12-14, 2022 to affirm and advance the strong partnership between New Zealand and the United States.

Paparo met with senior New Zealand officials to discuss maritime security threats to the region, including climate change and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. They spoke about ways to deepen naval cooperation and interoperability, especially in cases of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Officials included:

  • Ben King, Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Rear Adm. James Gilmour, Commander, Joint Forces New Zealand
  • Rear Adm. David Proctor, Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Commodore Melissa Reed, Deputy Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy

During a visit to the Command and Staff College, Paparo talked with students about leadership, and answered questions on U.S. naval operations and gave his perspectives of the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

Throughout the visit, Paparo expressed appreciation to New Zealand for its leadership in the region and gained invaluable insight from his New Zealand counterparts.

The visit to New Zealand underscored the United States’ commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific.

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