MANILA (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson visited the Republic of the Philippines Oct. 28 and 29, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region.
While in the Philippines, Richardson met with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. Carlito Galvez and Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine navy Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad. Richardson also traveled to Palawan, where he received an update on the security situation in the South China Sea from Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez, Commander of the AFP’s Western Command.
“The work the U.S. Navy does with the Philippines every year is critical to the peace and stability of the region and the development of both our militaries,” said Richardson. “It’s important that we continue to collaborate with our partner and ally. We look forward to further strengthening our longstanding security cooperation.”
Richardson’s visit focused on U.S. and Philippine maritime domain awareness and naval capabilities, and the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.