The new Commander of United States Pacific Fleet is scheduled to visit US allied states in Asia Pacific region this year which include the Philippines, Japan and South Korea. Admiral Scott Swift sworn in as Commander of the US Pacific Fleet on May 27, 2015.
Philippine Consul General to Honolulu Gina Jamoralin visited Admiral Swift at his headquarters in Pearl Harbor June 22, the Philippine Consulate in Hawaii said.
During Jamoralin and Swift’s meeting the West Philippine Sea issue was discussed. The Consul General updated the Pacific Fleet Commander of the status of the Philippines’ arbitration case.
Admiral Swift appreciated the Philippines’ peaceful and rules-based approach to solve territorial claims according to international law.
US Pacific Fleet ships including the USNS Mercy are will be conduct port visits to the Philippines this year under the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission.
USNS Mercy, a 1000-bed hospital ship, is currently in Papua New Guinea for its second mission port of Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership 2015 will be conducting missions in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Vietnam from June to September. Each mission is expected to run for fourteen days.