Admiral John Richardson, US Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), underscored the importance of US-Philippine alliance to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, amid the tension between the United States and China over the South China Sea.
Richardson also highlighted the continuing importance of the US-Philippines alliance in the region, during his visit to the country last October 28-29.
“The work the US Navy does with the Philippines every year is critical to the peace and stability of the region and the development of both our militaries,” Richardson said in a statement released by the US Embassy in Manila.
“It’s important that we continue to collaborate with our partner and ally. We look forward to further strengthening our longstanding security cooperation,” he added.
Richardson met with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez and Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad.
He also visited 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 US Embassy said Richardson’s visit focused on US and Philippine maritime domain awareness and naval capabilities, and the importance of the US-Philippine alliance to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Richardson has been the CNO since September 2015 and is responsible for its command and operating efficiency.
As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CNO is the principal naval adviser to the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and Homeland Security Council.#