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READOUT: Pacific Fleet commander's travel to Japan, April 20-21

24 April 2023

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Japan, April 20-21, 2023, to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone of security in the Indo-Pacific.Paparo met with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific.The meetings included: State Minister of Defense
U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo and Japan Coast Guard Adm. Shohei Ishii pose for a photo.
TOKYO (April 20, 2023) U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Japan Coast Guard Adm. Shohei Ishii, Japan Coast Guard commandant, pose for a photo, April 20, 2023, during a visit with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo and Japan Coast Guard Adm. Shohei Ishii pose for a photo.
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TOKYO (April 20, 2023) U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Japan Coast Guard Adm. Shohei Ishii, Japan Coast Guard commandant, pose for a photo, April 20, 2023, during a visit with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Photo By: U.S. Navy
VIRIN: 230420-N-N0801-1003

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Japan, April 20-21, 2023, to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone of security in the Indo-Pacific.

Paparo met with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific.

The meetings included:

  • State Minister of Defense Toshiro Ino
  • Director General of North American Affairs Bureau Yasuhiro Kobe
  • Chugoku-Shikoku Defense Bureau Director-General Imakyurei Manabu
  • Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda
  • Japan Joint Staff Chairman Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Ryo Sakai
  • Japan Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Shohei Ishii
U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo speaks with Toshiro Ino and senior Japanese officials seated around a table.
TOKYO (April 20, 2023) U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, met with Toshiro Ino, Japan state minister of defense, and senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo speaks with Toshiro Ino and senior Japanese officials seated around a table.
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TOKYO (April 20, 2023) U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, met with Toshiro Ino, Japan state minister of defense, and senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Photo By: U.S. Navy
VIRIN: 230420-N-N0801-1002

The leaders addressed the importance of close coordination and integration between the two maritime forces. They also discussed the Alliances and trilateral cooperation between Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States, and other multilateral arrangements, to enhance interoperability between our collective forces to demonstrate the strength of the trilateral relationship and resolve against those who challenge regional stability.

Paparo also extended condolence for the loss of the ten troops on board the Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) UH-60JA helicopter. He offered assistance in the recovery efforts.

The visit to Japan underscored the United States’ commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Ryo Sakai and U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo pose for a photo.
TOKYO (April 20, 2023) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Ryo Sakai, JMSDF chief of staff, and U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, pose for a photo, April 20, 2023, during a visit with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Ryo Sakai and U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo pose for a photo.
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TOKYO (April 20, 2023) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Ryo Sakai, JMSDF chief of staff, and U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, pose for a photo, April 20, 2023, during a visit with senior Japanese officials to discuss the increasing security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region. The visit underscored the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening alliances and partnerships for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Photo By: U.S. Navy
VIRIN: 230420-N-N0801-1001
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