US Indo-Pacific Command chief visits Armed Forces of the Philippines

Admiral Phillip Davidson, the 25th commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), made a courtesy call on Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. at the Bulwagang Balangiga, GHQ Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

Prior to becoming commander of USINDOPACOM on May 30, 2018, Adm. Davidson served as the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Naval Forces U.S. Northern Command. He previously served as the commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and the commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, while simultaneously serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

During the visit, matters of mutual interest were discussed including the strength of the U.S.-Philippine partnership and the importance of the U.S-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region.

USINDOPACOM is America’s oldest and largest military combatant command, based in Hawai’I, which includes 380,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and is responsible for all U.S. military activities in the Indo-Pacific, covering 36 nations, 14 time zones, and more than 50 percent of the world’s population.

On Thursday, 27 September 2018, Adm. Davidson and Gen. Galvez also led the 2018 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) Meeting at Camp Aguinaldo that will ensure continued, robust relations between the U.S. and Philippine militaries.

The MDB was established in 1958 and the SEB was instituted in 2006. The two boards together constitute the annual MDB-SEB meeting, which coordinates a framework for defense and security cooperation between the U.S. and Philippine militaries. ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES