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Greenert: Number of Navy ships to rise in Asia-Pacific

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks during an all-hands Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan. Greenert said the number of ships deployed to Asia-Pacific will increase in the next few years.

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy will increase the number of ships deployed in the Asia-Pacific region over the next few years, the Chief of Naval Operations said Thursday.

“It’s not that big of a deal for us to think about rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific because we have been here in numbers for some time,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert told an all hands call in Yokosuka.

Greenert stressed Japan as a focal point for the “Pacific pivot.”

“The most important part of the rebalance is the relationship with the Japanese,” Greenert said. “The security in Asia and the rebalancing, the center of gravity and the hinge-point is what we do here. Now the relationship with Japan starts in Yokosuka.”

He also stressed the importance of stronger alliances with Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Australia.

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