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Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Suva, Fiji, September 14-16, 2022 to deepen the relationship and strengthen the partnership between the Republic of Fiji and the United States.
The visit coincided with the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) port visit to Suva. A reception was held on board to celebrate the naval cooperation, including partnership in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. Guests included the President of Fiji His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, Speaker of Parliament the Honorable Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the Minister of Fisheries the Honorable Semi Koroilavesau, and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence National Security and Policing, Mr. Manasa Lesuma.
During his visit, Paparo also met separately with the senior Fijian officials, including:
The leaders discussed broadening naval cooperation, especially in areas of maritime security, climate change and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Paparo toured the Stanley Brown Naval Base, Fiji Maritime Surveillance Center Rescue Coordination Center, and the Force Training Group, where he spoke to a class of new recruits.
Along with the U.S. Embassy Suva Charge d’Affaires Tony Greubel, Paparo also attended a joint performance of the Republic of Fiji Navy, RFMF band and Pacific Fleet bands.
Paparo expressed appreciation to his Fijian counterparts for our shared history and sacrifice, and continuing to expand bilateral and multilateral relations.
The visit to Fiji underscored the United States’ commitment to strengthening partnerships for an enduring free and open Indo-Pacific.