by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
4/2/2013 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Deputy
Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Heidi Grant,
attended the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition
(LIMA) 2013 at Langkawi Island, Malaysia, as part of ongoing efforts to
build relationships in the Asia-Pacific region, March 24 through 28.
The Deputy Undersecretary said the United States Air Force remains
committed to engaging U.S. partners and allies in the Asia-Pacific
region, and around the world, by participating in aerial events such as
LIMA-13, in an effort to promote regional security interests, support
friends and allies, and demonstrate U.S. military capabilities and
resolve even during times of fiscal constraints.
"Sequestration, as a near-term fiscal challenge, should not be
interpreted as a lack of long-term commitment," said Grant. "Our
alliances and partnerships bring with them years of mutual trust and
respect, significant interoperability, and information sharing -- all of
which build multilateral relationships and underpin security and
prosperity in the region."
In 2011, more than 230 delegations from 35 countries attended LIMA-11
along with approximately 33,000 trade visitors and more than 120,000
public visitors. About 75 aircraft and 40 warships and vessels from the
U.S., Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, China, the Republic of Korea,
France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore and Thailand also
participated in LIMA-11.
After much consideration, Pacific Air Forces' event planners opted to
cancel the F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team's participation in
LIMA-13 due to significantly constrained flying hour programs and
support costs. PACAF leadership pursued and received Headquarters Air
Force approval permitting the C-17 Globemaster III demonstration team to
attend LIMA to preserve the Air Force's aerial footprint at this
biennial international event.
"PACAF has and will continue to make cuts in supporting theater
engagements, we know that," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Pacific Air Forces
commander. "We just have to do them smartly, so that we maintain our
rebalance and pivot to the Pacific and maintain our capability to do
what we need to do in support of our friends and allies."
PACAF's support for these events and international commitments are the
backbone of the Command's mission to continue these key engagements and
build partnership capacity throughout the region. Historically, PACAF
supports 20 U.S. Pacific Command exercises and 19 PACAF-sponsored events
annually, some of which include humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief focused operations. Also, annually, there are approximately five
international trade shows or aerospace exhibitions like LIMA.
First organized in 1991, LIMA provides participating countries a venue
for promoting increased understanding and interoperability with the
purpose of fostering regional stability and security across the Pacific
theater. LIMA is a leading international trade show for aerospace and
maritime manufacturers targeting the Asian market in defense,
enforcement and commercial sectors.