Fleet Commanders Travel to Australia

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo visited Australia from May 8–12, 2022 to reaffirm the strong and enduring friendship and alliance between Australia and the United States.

Paparo met with a number of senior Australian officials to discuss the importance of maritime security and interoperability between naval forces especially in the critical Southwest Pacific Ocean, including:

Minister of Defence Peter Dutton
Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Michael Noonan
Australian Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton
Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie
Fleet Base East Deputy Commander Commodore Jonathan Earley

Paparo participated in the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference 2022 held at the Indo-Pacific Maritime Exposition in Sydney, where he spoke on the “Seapower in the 21st Century” panel led by Noonan and with fellow panelist:

Royal Canadian Navy Chief of Navy Staff Vice Adm. Craig Baines
Indian Navy Eastern Naval Command Commander-in-Chief Vice. Adm. Biswajit Dasgupta
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Ryo Sakai
Royal New Zealand Navy Chief of Navy Rear Adm. David Proctor
Papua New Guinea Defense Force Deputy Chief Commodore Philip Polewara
Republic of Singapore Navy Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng
Royal Navy First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Sir Adm. Ben Key
The panel focused on the state of navies and cooperation between allies and like-minded partners operating across the region to ensure maritime security and a free and open Indo-Pacific.

In addition to underscoring the importance of the Quad and AUKUS, Paparo participated in bilateral discussions with Sakai, Proctor, Beng, Key, and:

Chilean Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Andres de la Maza
French Armed Forces in French Polynesia Commander Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey
Republic of Korea Navy Vice Chief of the Naval Operations Vice Adm. Hyunil Kim
Royal Thai Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Somprasong Nilsamai

During the visit, Paparo participated in the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea remembrance aboard HMAS Sydney. Dutton, Noonan, Sakai, Paparo, Earley and ship leadership reflected on the historic battle, lessons learned, and the solidarity of the alliances and friendships between Australia, Japan, and the United States.

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