US Pacific Command changes name to Indo-Pacific Command with new commander

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) is changing its name into United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) with a newly installed commander, US Navy Admiral Phil Davidson.

“In recognition of the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific oceans, today we rename the US Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command,” US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis said during the change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Wednesday, May 30.

Admiral Davidson relieved Admiral Harry Harris as the command’s commander.

“Over many decades this command has repeatedly adapted to changing circumstances and today carries that legacy forward as America focuses west,” Mattis said.

Mattis said PACOM, now INDOPACOM, is US’ “primary combatant command, standing watch and intimately engaged with over half of the earth’s surface and its diverse population.”

“The United States is today and has been for two centuries a Pacific nation,” Mattis said.

“With allies and partners, USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness,” the command said.