MANILA: U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will arrive today for a three-day visit to the Philippines where he will conduct official government meetings and visit with U.S. personnel.
Mabus is scheduled to meet with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Emmanuel Bautista, the Flag Officer in Command of the Navy Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano, and other senior U.S. and Philippine government and military officials. Mabus’ visit reflects the importance that the United States holds for the strong and enduring relationship with the Philippines. Mabus is expected to discuss bilateral and multilateral security issues and efforts, maritime security, counter-terrorism efforts, and regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.
“As we rebalance to the Pacific, our alliance with the Philippines has never been more important than it is today,” said Mabus. “I look forward to exploring opportunities to work with the Philippine armed forces to build greater maritime capacity and increase security and stability in the region.”
The Secretary of the Navy conducts all business matters for the two uniformed services that make up the Department of the Navy, the Navy and the Marine Corps. This involves implementing policies and programs to support the national security objectives established by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Additionally, Mabus oversees the construction and repair of naval ships, aircraft, and facilities. He is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and provides leadership for almost 900,000 people.