Admiral Philip S. Davidson, the Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), arrived in the Republic of Palau on Thursday, Aug 23.

While in Palau, Admiral Davidson met with high-level Palauan government officials and military personnel, participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Palau War Memorial, and visited the U.S. Embassy in Koror.

The strategy in the Indo-Pacific continues to be a platform for promoting a free and open international order.  That framework is based on shared values, interests, mutual security and seeking ways to further meaningful engagement between countries like the Republic of Palau and the United States.

U.S. Indo-Pacfic Command’s area of responsibility encompasses about half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the U.S. to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole. USINDOPACOM is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Admiral Davidson is the senior U.S. military authority in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense.  USINDOPACOM is supported by four component commands: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific. These commands are headquartered in Hawai’i and have forces stationed and deployed throughout the region. (PR)