Mr Panetta said US naval strength should be enhanced in the Asia-Pacific region
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has emphasised the importance of a strong US naval presence in Asia, on the eve of a trip to the region.
Speaking at the US naval academy, he said the future of the US depended on ensuring security throughout the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
“America is a maritime nation and we are returning to our maritime roots,” he said.
He is due to travel to Vietnam, India and Singapore for a security summit.
Article courtesy of BBC News.