Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) visited the Republic of Korea Dec 8-9 to
meet with Sailors, Marines, and senior leaders to reaffirm the
Department of the Navy’s strong commitment to the U.S. and ROK alliance.
During his visit, Secretary Ray Mabus met with Mr. Mark Lippert, the
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Mr. Han Min-koo, the Minister
of National Defense; Adm. Choi Yoon-hee, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff; Adm. Hwang Ki-chul, the chief of naval operations; and Lt. Gen.
Jan-Marc Jouas, deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea, where he received
operational updates and discussed future initiatives to enhance
partnerships with the Republic of Korea armed forces.
Mabus also had the opportunity to conduct All Hands Calls with Sailors
and Marines stationed in Seoul and Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae
(CFAC) where he thanked service members for their important
contributions to the security of the Korean peninsula.
“We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform and you all perform your
job very well under tough conditions,” said Mabus at the All Hands Call
in Seoul. “I thank you for what you do for our Navy and Marine Corps
team, for our nation, and for this great alliance we have with our
Mabus also thanked the people of Korea for their support of U.S. Navy
and Marine Corps forces who are forward deployed on the Korean
“Partnerships matter and our alliance with the Republic of Korea is
very important,” said Mabus. “We receive great support from the people
of Korea, which allows the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to be where it
matters and when it matters, to sustain our alliance, and maintain
stability and peace throughout this region.”
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the
U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval
matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the
United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S.