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READOUT: Pacific Fleet commander’s travel to Australia, June 15 – June 22

24 June 2024

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, traveled to Australia, June 15-22, 2024, to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the United States.
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Gen. Angus Campbell, chief of the Defence Force, back left, and Greg Moriarty, secretary of the Department of Defence, front left, at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Gen. Angus Campbell, chief of the Defence Force, back left, and Greg Moriarty, secretary of the Department of Defence, front left, at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Gen. Angus Campbell, chief of the Defence Force, back left, and Greg Moriarty, secretary of the Department of Defence, front left, at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
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Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Gen. Angus Campbell, chief of the Defence Force, back left, and Greg Moriarty, secretary of the Department of Defence, front left, at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
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Koehler began the trip in Canberra to meet with senior leaders involved in Australia’s security and foreign policy. While in Canberra, Koehler also spoke to students at the Australian War College and laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial.
 

Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, meets with Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, meets with Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, meets with Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, right, and Rear Adm. Jonathan Mead, director-general of the Australian Submarine Agency, left, at the Headquarters of the Australian Submarine Agency, in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, meets with Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, right, and Rear Adm. Jonathan Mead, director-general of the Australian Submarine Agency, left, at the Headquarters of the Australian Submarine Agency, in Canberra, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, meets with Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton, chief of joint operations, at the Headquarters, Joint Operations Command in Bungendore, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring reilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, meets with Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton, chief of joint operations, at the Headquarters, Joint Operations Command in Bungendore, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring reilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, meets with Erika Olsen, charge d’affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, left, meets with Erika Olsen, charge d’affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, places a red poppy flower on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, places a red poppy flower on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, left, salute memorial wreaths during a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, left, salute memorial wreaths during a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, June 17, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to international students about the importance of naval partnerships at the Australian War College in Weston, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to international students about the importance of naval partnerships at the Australian War College in Weston, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, signs the guest book at the Australian War College in Weston, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, signs the guest book at the Australian War College in Weston, Australia, June 18, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
 

Officials he met with include:
●      Gen. Angus Campbell, Chief of Defence Force 
●      Greg Moriarty, Secretary of Defence
●      Rachel Noble, Director-General, Australian Signals Directorate
●      Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy
●      Vice Adm. Jonathan Mead, Director-General, Australian Submarine Agency
●      Lt. Gen. Gregory Bilton, Chief of Joint Operations
●      Michelle Chan, Deputy Secretary, South and Southeast Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade   
●      Dr. Peter Sawczak, First Assistant Secretary, Geostrategy and Partnerships Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
●      Kate Logan, First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Strategy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, left, listen to brief on base operations during a tour of HMAS Stirling in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, Royal Australian Navy, left, listen to brief on base operations during a tour of HMAS Stirling in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Capt. Ken Burleigh, commanding officer of HMAS Stirling, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), center left, gives a tour of an ammunition pier to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, center left, during a tour of the base in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Capt. Ken Burleigh, commanding officer of HMAS Stirling, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), center left, gives a tour of an ammunition pier to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, center left, during a tour of the base in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley, command warrant officer nuclear submarines, Royal Australian Navy, left, gives a tour of a submarine pier aboard HMAS Stirling to Adm. Stephen Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and his wife, Gina Koehler, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley, command warrant officer nuclear submarines, Royal Australian Navy, left, gives a tour of a submarine pier aboard HMAS Stirling to Adm. Stephen Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and his wife, Gina Koehler, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Rear Adm. Wendy Malcolm, head of patrol boats and specialist ships, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), right, gives a tour of the Navy Capability Centre to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, in Henderson, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Rear Adm. Wendy Malcolm, head of patrol boats and specialist ships, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), right, gives a tour of the Navy Capability Centre to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, in Henderson, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Rear Adm. Wendy Malcolm, head patrol boats and specialist ships, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), back left, gives a brief of the Navy Capability Centre’s mission to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, front right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, middle right, in Henderson, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert) (This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out screens and documents)
Rear Adm. Wendy Malcolm, head patrol boats and specialist ships, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), back left, gives a brief of the Navy Capability Centre’s mission to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, front right, and Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, chief of navy, RAN, middle right, in Henderson, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert) (This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out screens and documents)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, gives a keynote address during an event hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre and U.S. Consulate in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, gives a keynote address during an event hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre and U.S. Consulate in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, participates in a question-and-answer session hosted by Gordon Flake, chief executive officer of the Perth USAsia Centre, left, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, participates in a question-and-answer session hosted by Gordon Flake, chief executive officer of the Perth USAsia Centre, left, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, meets with Paul Papalia, Minister of Defence Industry, left, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, meets with Paul Papalia, Minister of Defence Industry, left, in Perth, Australia, June 19, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
 

Koehler then traveled to Perth to tour HMAS Stirling, where he was briefed by Capt. Ken Burleigh, commanding officer, HMAS Stirling, and visited base facilities and Submarine Rotational Force-West.  He visited the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson. Koehler also gave an address at the Perth USAsia Centre to discuss the importance of AUKUS and mutual challenges in the Indo-Pacific. He concluded his visit to Perth with a meeting with the Hon. Paul Papalia, Western Australia Minister for Defence Industry.

Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Rear Adm. Christopher Smith, fleet commander, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), center left, at RAN’s Fleet Command Headquarters in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center right, meets with Rear Adm. Christopher Smith, fleet commander, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), center left, at RAN’s Fleet Command Headquarters in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, Rear Adm. Christopher Smith, fleet commander, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), left, and Capt. Brendan O’Hara, commanding officer of HMAS Canberra (L02), RAN, right, pose for a photo on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra (L02) in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, Rear Adm. Christopher Smith, fleet commander, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), left, and Capt. Brendan O’Hara, commanding officer of HMAS Canberra (L02), RAN, right, pose for a photo on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra (L02) in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Capt. Brendan O’Hara, commanding officer of HMAS Canberra (L02), Royal Australian Navy, left, gives a tour of the ship’s hangar bay to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Capt. Brendan O’Hara, commanding officer of HMAS Canberra (L02), Royal Australian Navy, left, gives a tour of the ship’s hangar bay to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Cmdr. Ali Withers, commanding officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), Royal Australian navy (RAN), center, and Lt. Cmdr. James Dobson, executive officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), RAN, left, give a tour of the ship to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Cmdr. Ali Withers, commanding officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), Royal Australian navy (RAN), center, and Lt. Cmdr. James Dobson, executive officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), RAN, left, give a tour of the ship to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Lt. Cmdr. James Dobson, executive officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), Royal Australian Navy, right, gives a tour of the ship’s bridge to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, center left, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Lt. Cmdr. James Dobson, executive officer of HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), Royal Australian Navy, right, gives a tour of the ship’s bridge to Adm. Steve Koehler, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, center left, in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to students at the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Warfare Training Centre about leadership and the importance of naval partnerships at HMAS Watson in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to students at the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Warfare Training Centre about leadership and the importance of naval partnerships at HMAS Watson in Sydney, Australia, June 21, 2024. Koehler traveled to Australia to affirm and advance the strong alliance between Australia and the U.S. for an enduring resilient, free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sypert)
 

Koehler completed his trip to Australia with a visit to Sydney to meet with senior Australian naval leadership including Rear Adm. Christopher Smith, Australian Fleet Commander, at Fleet Base East and HMAS Watson. While at Fleet Base East, Koehler toured HMAS Canberra (L02) and HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), and visited a guided missile destroyer (DDG) simulator. At HMAS Watson, he spoke to staff and students of the Maritime Warfare Training Authority.

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