MANADO, Indonesia. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead visited Indonesia Aug. 17-19 to participate in the International Maritime Seminar and watch the Presidential Sailing Pass in Review, a part of Sail Bunaken 2009.
Roughead met with his counterpart, Adm. Tedjo Purdijanto and other Indonesian officials to strengthen maritime partnerships and continue the dialogue between the two partner nations.
He also engaged in bilateral meetings with his counterparts from India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. CNO said visits like this are vital to carrying out the maritime strategy.
"It's an honor and a pleasure to be back in Indonesia and to be able to represent the United States Navy in the International Fleet Review in one of the world's largest democracies, and in a nation that has such a long and storied maritime tradition. It is a wonderful opportunity for leaders from navies around the world to be able to come together in Manado to talk about things that are of interest to navies and to look at ways in which we can continue to cooperate to ensure the safety, the security and the prosperity of the world's oceans. I'm very grateful for the opportunity and the leadership of the Indonesian government and the Indonesian Navy in being able to make this opportunity available to us in such a beautiful setting," Roughead said.
Roughead also held an all hands call with Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73), which was taking part in the Indonesian Navy's Sailing Pass in Review. He thanked them for the hard work they do aboard the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier.
Roughead is currently on a nine-day tour of the 7th and 5th Fleet Area of Operations.