ASEAN and Navy Leaders meet onboard USS Blue Ridge

Ambassador Carden and Vice-Admiral Swift with ASEAN Representatives from Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
Ambassador Carden and Vice-Admiral Swift with ASEAN Representatives from Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

Jakarta – U.S. Mission to ASEAN Ambassador David Carden and U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Scott H. Swift met with ASEAN Representatives from Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, aboard the 7th Fleet command vessel the USS Blue Ridge on June 15, 2013.  The meeting highlighted the U.S. Navy’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening communication ties and building on long-established partnerships.  Discussions and a tour for the group focused on opportunities and challenges in the ASEAN region with a special emphasis on regional stability and cooperation, South China Sea security, and the continued U.S. rebalance to Asia.

See the pictures of the meeting in our flickr account.