SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in its homeport of San Diego, Sept. 29.
During the visit, Carter delivered a speech on the flight deck about the future of the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and ongoing security challenges there.
"We in the United States are finding more and more every day that nations in the Asia-Pacific region see future opportunities to improve their militaries and their security," said Carter. "They're increasingly coming to us to partner."
Carter thanked the crew for their service and noted the impact they will have on events around the world with their upcoming deployment in 2017.
"You, and your fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines will solidify the rebalance and you will make [the rebalance] work," said Carter. "You will help the Asia-Pacific region, once again the most consequential region for America's future, realize a principled, peaceful and prosperous future, and play the role only America can play."
Following his speech, Carter shook hands with several Sailors in attendance.
"Hearing the Secretary of Defense speak about our upcoming deployment means a lot," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Laura Rios, a Sailor assigned to Carl Vinson. "It shows that the work we do on board Carl Vinson is truly important and will impact national security for years to come."
Carl Vinson is currently pierside in its homeport of San Diego.
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