Supreme Allied Commander Europe visits Australia

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CANBERRA, Australia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, lays a memorial wreath at the Australia National War Memorial in Canberra, Australia. Stavridis is conducting a planned official visit to the South Pacific nation. (Official NATO photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Antosh)

CANBERRA, Australia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, conducts an inspection of Australian troops during a welcome ceremony for the Admiral upon his arrival in Canberra, Australia. Stavridis is conducting a planned official visit to the South Pacific nation. (Official NATO photo by Mass Commuincation Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Antosh)

CANBERRA, Australia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and his wife, Laura, view a display portraying the battle at Tobruk while visiting the Australia National War Memorial. Stavridis is conducting a planned official visit to the South Pacific nation. (Official NATO photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Antosh)

CANBERRA, Australia — Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and his wife, Laura, view a poppy-decorated hall of names at the National War Memorial in Canberra, Australia April 14. The names are in remembrance of fallen Australian service members. Stavridis is conducting a planned official visit to the South Pacific nation.(Official NATO photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Antosh)

CANBERRA, Australia — U.S. Navy Adm.James Stavridis, Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, continued his official visit to the South Pacific with a trip to Australia's capital city, Canberra, on 13 April.

After a welcoming ceremony and inspection of Australian troops, Adm. Stavridis met with Air Chief Marshal Houston, Australia's Chief of Defence Forces, and Dr Ian Watt, Australia's Secretary of Defence. He took part in a round table discussion with dignitaries of Australia's government and participated in a special Chief of Service meeting.

Adm Stavridis and his wife Laura also visited the National War Memorial in Canberra, where they viewed a poppy-decorated wall listing the names of fallen Australian service members, and toured the memorial. Adm Stavridis took part in a wreath-laying ceremony while at the memorial.

While in Canberra, Adm Stavridis spoke before 900 officer cadets at the Australia Defence Force Academy regarding International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and leadership.

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