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READOUT: Pacific Fleet commander's meetings at International Seapower Symposium

22 September 2023

From Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo met with heads of navies and coast guards during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19-22.
Adm. Sam Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Suwin Jangyodsuk, assistant commander-in-chief, Royal Thai Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonteil L. Johnson)
Adm. Sam Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Suwin Jangyodsuk, assistant commander-in-chief, Royal Thai Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonteil L. Johnson)
Adm. Sam Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Suwin Jangyodsuk, assistant commander-in-chief, Royal Thai Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonteil L. Johnson)
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Adm. Sam Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Suwin Jangyodsuk, assistant commander-in-chief, Royal Thai Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jonteil L. Johnson)
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The leaders discussed the importance of security through partnerships and the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Adm. Samuel Paparo, left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Juan Andres De La Maza, commander-in-chief, Chilean Navy, during the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 21, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Juan Andres De La Maza, commander-in-chief, Chilean Navy, during the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 21, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, center left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. M Nazmul Hassan, center right, chief of naval staff, Bangladesh Navy, for bilateral discussions on maritime security during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, center left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. M Nazmul Hassan, center right, chief of naval staff, Bangladesh Navy, for bilateral discussions on maritime security during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 20, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Muhammad Ali, left, chief of naval staff, Indonesian Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Muhammad Ali, left, chief of naval staff, Indonesian Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Vice Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr., left, flag officer-in-command, Philippine Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, right, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Vice Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr., left, flag officer-in-command, Philippine Navy, during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, third from left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Vice Adm. Kang, Dong Hun, second from right, vice chief of naval operations, Republic of Korea Navy, meet for bilateral discussions on maritime security during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, third from left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Vice Adm. Kang, Dong Hun, second from right, vice chief of naval operations, Republic of Korea Navy, meet for bilateral discussions on maritime security during the 25th International Seapower Symposium (ISS), in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 19, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Datuk Abdul Rahman bin Ayob, chief of the Royal Malaysia Navy, during the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 21, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
Adm. Samuel Paparo, left, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Adm. Datuk Abdul Rahman bin Ayob, chief of the Royal Malaysia Navy, during the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 21, 2023. ISS is a biennial event hosted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) at the United States Naval War College since 1969. The symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

 
Paparo held discussions with a number of ISS participants including bilateral meetings with:
 
  • Adm. M Nazmul Hassan, Chief of Naval Staff for the Bangladesh Navy
  • Adm. Nicolas Vaujour, Chief of Naval Staff of the Marine Nationale of France
  • Adm. Juan Andres De La Maza, Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy
  • Adm. Muhammad Ali, Chief of Naval Staff of the Indonesian Navy
  • Adm. Enrico Credendino, Chief of the Italian Navy
  • Adm. Datuk Abdul Rahman bin Ayob, Chief of the Royal Malaysia Navy
  • Vice. Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr., Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy
  • Adm. Suwin Jangyodsuk, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy
  • Adm. Ben Key, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy
  • Vice Adm. Angus Topshee, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Vice Adm. Jaroslaw Ziemiański, Inspector of the Polish Navy
  • Vice Adm. Kang, Dong Hun, Vice Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy
  • Rear Adm. Sean Wat, Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy
 
Paparo hosted the Malabar navies’ leaders in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for multilateral and bilateral meetings prior to attending ISS:
 
  • Adm. R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy
  • Adm. Ryo Sakai, Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force  
  • Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, Chief of Navy for the Royal Australian Navy
 
Paparo also participated in a Secretary of the Navy hosted discussion on climate and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) with ASEAN members from Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Fiji.
 
ISS-25 comprised of more than 100 navies and coast guards with a focus on enhancing maritime security and collaborative operations. Discussions addressed the commonality of navies and need to adapt future technology to counter threats, including climate change, illicit trafficking, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, to support sovereignty and ensure maritime security for freedom of the seas.
 
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