BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Members from the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) met with 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas onboard the flagship USS Blue Ridge, August 20, 2014.
The NNSC was established 61 years ago through the Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953, which is still the only legal instrument for the avoidance of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula.
Switzerland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Poland comprise the NNSC. The term "neutral nations" is used to define the nations whose combatant forces have not participated in the hostilities in Korea.
The main role of the NNSC today is to maintain and build relationships with both sides and keep channels of communications open between them. Today five Swiss representatives and five Swedish representatives are stationed in Panmunjom, South Korea, on duty for the NNSC. Their main task is to show presence at the inner Korean border and thus demonstrate that the ceasefire is still is force.
During the visit NNSC toured Blue Ridge where they saw the maritime operations center and discussed fleet and regional issues with senior leadership.
NNSC discussed fleet operations with Vice Adm. Thomas to gain a better understanding of the 7th Fleet's roles and areas of responsibility. There are 80 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 40,000 Sailors and Marines in 7th Fleet, and more than 48 million square miles.