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Navy Secretary Visits Australia To Reinforce Alliance

Published on 07 February 2014

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U.S. Secretary Of The Navy Ray Mabus (Second From Left) Meets With Royal Australian Navy Leadership
U.S. Secretary Of The Navy Ray Mabus (Second From Left) Meets With Royal Australian Navy Leadership

Traveling to Brisbane and the Australian capital of Canberra, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with U.S. and Australian government and military officials to reinforce the alliance between the two countries, the U.S. Navy said in a February 6 press release.

“The United States and Australia have an historic and extensive relationship, one that has been an anchor of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mabus said. “From exercises like RIMPAC and Talisman Saber to personnel exchanges at sea and ashore, our countries operate together cooperatively and seamlessly to enhance global and regional security, while building on shared experiences and strengthening our partnership.”

In Brisbane, he met with the Australian Army’s First Division leadership, the command responsible for the Joint Deployable Force Headquarters that oversees large-scale amphibious operations and training activities, the Navy said.

While in Canberra, Mabus met with Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston, Secretary for Defense Dennis Richardson, Chief of the Defense Force General David Hurley, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, and members of their staffs to discuss regional relationships, fleet operations and shipbuilding, and energy initiatives.

Mabus also participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Royal Australian Naval Memorial in Canberra, which honors sailors who have served in defense of their country.

Mabus’ visit represents a continuation of the U.S. Navy’s focus on building partnerships based on alliances, shared values and mutual trust, the Navy said.



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Posted 2014-02-07 08:58:00