Merz presented a Legion of Merit award at an award ceremony for former Republic of Korea Chief of Naval Operations Adm. (ret) Sim Seung-seob in Yongsan.
“Having an opportunity to be a part of recognizing former CNO Sim was a distinct honor,” said Merz. His leadership during his tenure as CNO contributed towards our alliance and interoperability of our naval forces in measurable and enduring ways.”
As the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet employs 50-70 ships and submarines across the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. U.S. 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific.
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