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Maritime Security Dialogue: SEVENTH Fleet Update: A Discussion with VADM Karl Thomas, USN

October 14, 2022 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

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Join the CSIS International Security Program and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event with Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, USN, Commander, SEVENTH Fleet on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET. VADM Pete Daly, USN (Ret.), CEO and Publisher, U.S. Naval Institute, will moderate a discussion on operations, changes, and trends in activity in the SEVENTH FLEET area of responsibility, featuring an introduction by Dr. Seth G. Jones, Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, CSIS.

The Maritime Security Dialogue series brings together CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute, two of the nation's most respected non-partisan institutions. The series highlights the particular challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, from national level maritime policy to naval concept development and program design. Given budgetary challenges, technological opportunities, and ongoing strategic adjustments, the nature and employment of U.S. maritime forces are likely to undergo significant change over the next ten to fifteen years. The Maritime Security Dialogue provides an unmatched forum for discussion of these issues with the nation’s maritime leaders.

Vice Admiral Karl Thomas currently serves as Commander of the SEVENTH Fleet. A carrier aviator in the E-2C Hawkeye, he served at sea as a division officer in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 114; as ship’s navigator aboard USS New Orleans (LPH 11) and USS Essex (LHD 2); as a department head in VAW117; and as executive officer and commanding officer of VAW117 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After graduating nuclear power school, Thomas served as executive officer for both USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73), delivering the first permanently forward-deployed nuclear aircraft carrier to Japan. He commanded the U.S. 6th Fleet Command Ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during refueling complex overhaul (RCOH); and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

This event is made possible by the generous support of HII.

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Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program

Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, USN

Commander, SEVENTH FLEET