LAHORE, Pakistan (NNS) -- At the invitation of Pakistan's Navy, Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces spoke to officers at the Pakistan Navy War College June 9.
During his address, Cosgriff discussed maritime policy in the Indian Ocean and the importance of bringing security to the region, which promotes stability and economic prosperity.
The visit by Cosgriff to Pakistan highlights the importance of military and diplomatic relations between the two nations.
"Fostering relationships with coalition partners such as Pakistan is important," said Cosgriff. "Coalition maritime forces interact with virtually every country in the region, and to my thinking the combination of persistent, credible naval power conducting security operations is precisely the sort of thing we ought to be doing."
The Pakistan Navy War College conducts staff courses for mid-level Pakistan and coalition officers. The war college invites high ranking military officers and other government leaders to address the college regarding national and international issues.
Pakistan and U.S. Naval forces recently completed Exercise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Arabian Sea May 11-21, which focused on air, surface and anti-submarine training, as part of regional Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
USS Curts (FFG 38) also made two port visits to Karachi, Pakistan during the exercise, the first visit by a U.S. ship since September 2006. The visit symbolized the continued friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Pakistan and exemplified the U.S. commitment to building trust and confidence among friends in the region.
Cosgriff said that the more coalition and partner nations collaborate to provide security for the region, the more they are able to achieve.
"The continued presence of coalition forces guarantees maritime security of those who depend on free use of the seas," said Cosgriff. "From security arises stability, which enhances trade, promotes economic vitality and increases regional and global prosperity."
Pakistan is an integral member of the coalition and has commanded Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 twice. Pakistan Navy Commodore Khan Hashan Bin Saddique, the current commandant of the Pakistan Navy War College, commanded CTF 150 from November 2007 to February 2008.
CTF 150 is comprised of warships from numerous coalition nations, including France, Germany, Pakistan, United Kingdom and the U.S and is responsible for conducting MSO in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
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