The Asia-Pacific region poses a host of challenges to the United States. The Pacific Fleet meets these challenges on a daily basis.
Asia-Pacific regional stability depends on the free and unrestricted flow of trade and commerce. Such access demands the presence of an agile, capable, and decisive naval force. Without question, that force is U.S. sea power.
In a region that covers more than half the planet and is home to more than 40 nations, 60% of the world's population, the six largest militaries in the world and four of the Unites States" top ten trading partners, the imperative for sea power is greater today than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The region's economic, political, and military potential is immense and its influence promises to grow well into this nascent "Pacific Century" as the global center of gravity shifts to Asia.