Naval officer, Butler native speaks to Moon Area students

Security in Southeast Asia’s seas and the fight against Latin American drug cartels are longer-term challenges for the military than the headline-grabbing Ebola virus or the Islamic State’s move through Iraq and Syria, the nation’s highest-ranking naval officer told Moon Area High School students Monday.

“Asia has the biggest and fastest-growing economies in the world. The long view is still the Asia Pacific,” said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, 61, chief of naval operations and a Butler native.

One sign of cooperation with China is its Navy’s participation in piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and in the South and East China Seas. Chinese and American naval vessels have started to share information about routine matters such as weather conditions, he said.

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