SECDEF Visits 7th Fleet Flagship in India to Grow Partnership


Story Number: NNS160412-04Release Date: 4/12/2016 10:39:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gabrielle Blake, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

GOA, India (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited the 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge, Apr. 11, meeting with Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin and Indian Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar, during the ship's port visit to Goa, India.

The three, along with staff officials, attended an office call hosted by 7th Fleet where they discussed the U.S. rebalance to the Pacific, the vital and growing relationship between the U.S. and India, and the importance of the Indian Ocean to the security of the region and global economy.

"This is a very significant visit because we have so many activities that we're doing together jointly to help secure this part of the world and other parts of the world; our great partner in India," said Carter speaking to reporters during the visit to the ship.

Carter also spoke with Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call. He thanked them for their service and their contributions to the expanding relationships in the theater.

"You represent our style of strategic interaction, working with others to make a better world for everyone and a better world for all of our children. That's the American approach to things."

Blue Ridge's regularly scheduled port visits to Mumbai and Goa marked the ship's first visit to India in 11 years. During the ship's visit, the more than 900 Sailors and Marines, including embarked 7th Fleet staff, interacted with the local community through community service events and conducted various engagements with their counterparts in the Indian Navy.

The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build maritime partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.

For information on Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.c7f.navy.mil

For more news from 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c7f/

 
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Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin has a discussion with Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter and Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar during an office call aboard USS Blue Ridge
160411-N-IE405-144 GOA, India (April 11, 2016) Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin has a discussion with Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter and Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar during an office call aboard USS Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge is currently on patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operation to build partnerships for the security and stability of the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Bosko)
April 12, 2016
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