Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Secretary of the Navy Visits Romania

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

BUCHAREST, Romania (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter visited with senior officials in Romania, May 13-15, to discuss U.S.-Romania military relations and visit the Romanian fleet.

Winter met with Corneliu Dobriþoiu, State Secretary, and Chief, Defense Policy and Planning Department, and with Lt. Gen. Mihail Orzeaþã, Deputy Chief of the General Staff May 14 in Bucharest. The agenda included issues of mutual interest on the participation of Romania in ISAF operations and Operation Enduring Freedom, on the Extended Black Sea Region, and on bilateral military cooperation relations.

Winter expressed the United States' thanks and appreciation for Romania's support of coalition efforts in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing out the importance of reliable partnerships in these vital areas. He also highlighted the importance of the U.S. - Romanian strategic relationship and the need to continue to build upon it to ensure the security of the Black Sea region.

The visit Romania also included meetings with Constantin Degeratu, State Adviser, Presidential Administration, with Stejãrel Olaru, State Adviser, Office of the Prime Minister, and with Costicã Canacheu, Chairman, Defense, Public Order, and National Security Committee, House of Deputies, Parliament of Romania.

After official meetings in Bucharest, Winter traveled to Constanta to visit the Romanian Naval Fleet. There he was the guest of Rear Adm. Dorin Danila, the Romanian Chief of Naval Forces, and toured the Romanian frigate Regina - Maria (F-222). The ship tour was followed by a review of the Navy staff and briefings on Romanian Naval capabilities at the Fleet Command Headquarters.

Discussions with the Romanian Navy included maritime security, maritime domain awareness, modernization of the U.S. and Romanian fleets, and the expansion of education and training opportunities for Romanian Navy personnel in the U.S.

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