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Tue, 06/10/2008 - 10:51
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U.S. Admiral for fostering relationships with coalition partners

Lahore, June 10 (PPI) - Visiting Commander of United States Naval Forces Central Command Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff emphasized need for "fostering relationships with coalition partners such as Pakistan." Addressing officers Monday at Pakistan Navy War College in Lahore capital of Pakistan's Punjab province he noted more coalition and partner nations collaborate to provide security for the region more they are able to achieve. "The continued presence of coalition forces guarantees maritime security of those who depend on free use of seas" Vice Admiral Cosgriff who is also Commander of U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces said a U.S. embassy press release said. "From security arises stability which enhances trade promotes economic vitality and increases regional and global prosperity." He outlined how United States new maritime strategy - a cooperative strategy for 21st century sea power - helps shape maritime policy in Indian Ocean how Coalition and Fifth Fleet forces help build maritime security in region promoting global regional stability and economic prosperity. "The combination of persistent credible naval power conducting security operations is precisely sort of thing we ought to be doing" said Cosgriff. "Coalition Maritime Forces interact with virtually every country in the region." Cosgriff's visit at Pakistan Navy's invitation highlights importance of military and diplomatic ties between two nations. Pakistan and U.S. Naval forces recently completed "Exercise Inspired Union 2008" in North Arabian Sea which focused on air surface anti-submarine training. USS Curts (FFG 38) also made two port visits to Karachi during exercise and was first by a U.S. ship since September 2006.Pakistan commanded Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 twice. Pakistan Navy Commodore Khan Hashan Bin Saddique current Commandant of Pakistan Navy War College commanded CTF 150 from November 2007 to February 2008 which comprises warships from numerous coalition nations including France Germany Pakistan UK & U.S. - ENDS.