The United States Navy launched its newest ship, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS John Finn, on Saturday, providing what PACOM Commander Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. calls a “signal to allies and adversaries in the Pacific.”

In a speech given during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam marking the commissioning of the John Finn, and its addition to America’s Pacific Fleet, Harris explained that the United States is, and forever shall be, a Pacific Power, adding that America’s “future security and economic prosperity” are inextricably linked operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

“America is a Pacific nation, a Pacific leader and a Pacific power — always has been and always will be,” Harris said.

“We believe in peace through strength — smart power backed by hard power — and the ship’s hard power personified sends a clear signal to our friends and to our adversaries, that we will remain laser-focused on the Indo-Asia Pacific,” the admiral added.