United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Commander Admiral Harry Harris and Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief-of-Staff General Hernando DCA Iriberri had a meeting at Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City today. Admiral Harris also gave a courtesy call to Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin.
Admiral Harris assumed command of the USPACOM last May 27.
After the meeting between Admiral Harris and General Iriberri, the American Admiral was scheduled to visit AFP-Western Command (WESCOM) Headquarters in Palawan to meet WESCOM Commander Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez.
“The purpose of his visit is to discuss bilateral security concerns with the Philippines and gain local perspective on the security situation in the area of the Pacific region where the Philippines is located,” the AFP said in a statement.
USPACOM is one of six geographic combatant commands defined by US Defense’s Unified Command Plan. It’s area of responsibility covers Asia-Pacific which includes the world’s busiest international sea lanes and nine of the ten largest ports. The Asia-Pacific is also a heavily militarized region, with seven of the world’s ten largest standing militaries and five of the world’s declared nuclear nations.