The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) Dec. 8-9 to meet with Sailors, Marines, and senior leaders to reaffirm the Department of the Navy’s strong commitment to the U.S. and ROK alliance.
During his visit, Secretary Ray Mabus met with Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to the ROK, Han Min-koo, ROK minister of national defense, Adm. Choi Yoon-hee, ROK chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Hwang Ki-chul, ROK chief of naval operations, and Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea, where he received operational updates and discussed future initiatives to enhance partnerships with the ROK armed forces.
Mabus also conducted all-hands calls with Sailors and Marines stationed in Seoul and Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) where he thanked service members for their important contributions to the security of the Korean peninsula.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
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