From the March, 8 Congressional Research Service report titled, New Zealand: U.S. Security Cooperation and the U.S. Rebalancing to Asia Strategy.
As part of its strategy to rebalance toward Asia the Obama Administration has greatly expanded cooperation and reestablished close ties with New Zealand. Changes in the security realm have been particularly notable as the two sides have restored close defense cooperation, which was suspended in the mid-1980s due to differences over nuclear policy. The two nations are now working together increasingly closely in the area of defense and security cooperation while also seeking to coordinate efforts in the South Pacific.
Capt. Kenneth Coleman when he was commander of the USS Independence (LCS-2). SWONet Photo
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HSV-2 Swift departs from Naval Station Mayport to begin Southern Partnership Station 2013. US Navy Photo
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during a Pentagon press briefing on March 15, 2013. DOD Photo
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USS Miami (SSN-755) on March, 15 2012 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo
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A proposed international variant of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship. Lockheed Martin Photo
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Casey James Fury. Dover Police Photo
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Ted Stevens official US Senate photo from 2005.
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