SECNAV talks terrorism, piracy on world tour

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is back in the country after a worldwide tour, ending a nearly two-week trip with stops on three continents. Along the way, he met with military and government leaders whose countries offer future Navy and Marine Corps missions, discussed plans to fight terrorists, pirates and rebels — and took in a football game.

The trip started Aug. 20, when Mabus arrived in the Five Hills Training Area near Ulan Bator, Mongolia, for the end of Khaan Quest. The 10th-annual exercise involved 10 nations and 1,000 people training for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, including disaster response.

Besides meeting with U.S. forces involved in the exercise, Mabus spoke with leaders from Mongolia’s parliament and military, said Capt. Pamela Kunze, Mabus’ spokeswoman.