Partnerships

Naval Operations Chief Builds Bridges in Indo-Pacific

Nov. 8, 2018
Key points:

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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson recently visited the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand to ensure contacts with our partners remain ''a vibrant channel.''
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Personal interactions at all levels underpin U.S. military partnerships and alliances with nations around the world.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson salutes Australian honor guard troops.
Indo-Pacific Partnership
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson salutes Australia's Federation Guard with Australian Chief of the Navy Vice Adm. Michael Noonan, rear, at Russell Offices in Canberra, Australia, Nov. 1, 2018. Richardson’s visit focused exploring ways to strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance and more effectively respond to shared challenges, both in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Elliott Fabrizio
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 181101-N-ES994-1011
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The Pacific region is key to American prosperity and a center for American interests.
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''For a global nation, you need a global navy [and] that's what the U.S. Navy is,'' Richardson said. ''We need a global navy to secure the rules-based order in a global economy.''
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A major theme of Richardson's trip was to encourage our Pacific partners and allies to work bilaterally and multilaterally because the job is too big for any one nation.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson and an Australian sailor hold a framed striped pennant.
Indo-Pacific Partnership
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, right, presents Royal New Zealand Navy Cmdr. Brock Symmons, the commander of HMNZS Te Kahaa, with a U.S. Navy meritorious unit citation pennant in Auckland, New Zealand, Nov. 2, 2018. Richardson’s visit focused on exploring opportunities to increase interoperability between the U.S. and New Zealand through more combined operations and personnel exchanges, both in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Elliott Fabrizio
Photo By: Navy photo
VIRIN: 181102-N-ES994-1008
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China is a major force in the region, Richardson believes there is a desire to work with China, so long as it is non threatening, acting as a cooperative and a participating member of this rules-based order.