Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet Arrives in Manila

Manila, February 24, 2014 — Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., arrived in Manila today on his first official visit to the Philippines as the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

  During his visit Adm. Harris is scheduled to meet with Ambassador Philip Goldberg, make an office call on Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano, Flag-Officer-In-Command, at the headquarters of the Philippine Navy, and visit Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

  Adm. Harris plans to use this opportunity to discuss the strong and enduring relationships between the U.S. and Philippine navies, the

implications of the U.S. military’s rebalance to the Pacific, and the 

importance of naval engagement and cooperation for humanitarian 

assistance and disaster relief.

  Adm. Harris is the 34th officer to command the U.S. Pacific Fleet since it was established in February 1941 with headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He is the highest ranking Asian-American in the history of the U.S. Navy.

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