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No change in US Pacific operations after PACOM's renaming, says US admiral

Last update: 12/10/2018
JEJU ISLAND (South Korea), Oct 12 (Bernama) -- A top US admiral on Friday dispelled concerns that the renaming of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) earlier this year may lead to the weakening of the combatant unit's commitment to the security of the Korean Peninsula, reported Yonhap.

In May, the Hawaii-headquartered unit changed its name to the Indo-Pacific Command, spawning speculation that its operational scope would be expanded beyond the Pacific in a way that would attenuate its attention to the peninsula.

"I see no change as a matter of fact. I think the US actions in the Pacific are only getting stronger," Adm. John C. Aquilino, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, told Yonhap News Agency aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in waters off the southern island of Jeju.

"I think the best example of that is that you and I are standing on an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier here in Jejudo amongst a number of nations in support of my Korean partners," he added.

On Friday, the aircraft carrier docked at the Jeju civilian-military complex port for the first time since the port opened in early 2016. It was among 15 foreign warships that joined Thursday's International Fleet Review designed to promote trust and cooperation among world navies.....


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