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Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Karl Thomas provides remarks during the 2023 Fleet Commanders’ Roundtable Discussion hosted aboard ROKS Hansando (ATH-81) in Busan, Republic of Korea, April 21. The meeting provided a forum to engage in professional dialogues on regional security challenges and maritime operations. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific.