US, UK and French navies reaffirm their commitment to increased cooperation
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joins First Sea Lord, UK Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin and Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier in Toulon, France, for a trilateral maritime discussion, June 3.
US Navy press release
During the meeting, the three leaders signed a trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirming their commitment to deeper cooperation and interoperability around the world, both in operations and in exercises, to meet the challenges. tomorrow and maintain a strategic advantage at sea.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to jointly defend and advance a rules-based international system that has supported our mutual security and prosperity.”
“Through continued engagement and dialogue, we undoubtedly strengthen the collective ability of our forces to secure access to waterways – and the economic prosperity that comes with it. There is much to celebrate in our trilateral relationship; indeed the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike Gilday.
The US, French and British navies operate together regularly, including the ongoing NATO exercise Steadfast Defender and the mine countermeasures exercise in the Persian Gulf last April.
“Looking ahead, we recognize that common challenges will only increase in magnitude and complexity. ”
“Our three naval forces must be prepared to respond, together, to conflicts of varying intensity around the world. Our trilateral training and exercise activities reflect this reality and ensure that we are able to operate together at the highest level. “
Chief of the French Navy, Admiral Pierre Vandier.
The trilateral engagement also included a visit by the three Naval Chiefs to FS Charles de Gaulle and HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea.
“Today’s trilateral meeting between the French Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Navy: the three nuclear nations of NATO and the three navies of the alliance, highlights our commitment common ground towards NATO and our bold steps towards ever greater interoperability and interchangeability. ”
“The deployment of the Royal Navy’s CSG21 is a clear demonstration of this: a Royal Navy aircraft carrier, which will become NATO’s aircraft carrier, supported by Allied fighters, frigates and destroyers, working as one.
First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom Tony Radakin
Naval News comments:
Naval News was there and was able to ask the three admirals a few questions.
Naval news: Admirals, would you say interoperability is more important than ever to deal with emerging emerging threats on a global and operational scale, how does that translate. You mentioned the formidable shield and Task Force 50, but do you have any other examples?
Admiral Mike Gilday: We just did an exercise off the coast of Portugal, a very high-end NATO exercise that included integrated air and missile defense and very advanced anti-submarine warfare exercises. We couldn’t do them individually, we do it together in a way that draws on each other’s abilities and in a complementary way. If there are any vulnerabilities, we also keep these in mind when operating together..
Admiral Pierre Vandier: The range of interoperability is very high and we must align our concepts, our training, our deployment plans and all our capabilities. This is what we are doing today with the British carrier strike group to be able to verify at all these levels that we are quickly able to join us here in France but tomorrow in the Pacific or the Indian Ocean..
Admiral Tony Radakin: First, our integrated review clearly shows that we continue to be a strong partner in NATO, but we also recognize that we need to expand further. What we want to do is the extraordinary cooperation that exists between our three navies and with other NATO navies to expand this. The more we can coordinate our activity and it goes from sharing information to sharing our plans and then coordinating some of our deployments, the better for all of us. This is what we are doing right now. All three Marines have been involved in an exercise called Formidable Shield 2021 on how we fight some of the most dangerous threats with ballistic missiles and supersonic missiles and we are working together to combat these threats and we will work together to support our interests. and values all over the world.
The three naval chiefs then visited the two aircraft carriers FS Charles de Gaulle and HMS Queen Elizabeth which were operating together in exercise Gaellic in the Mediterranean – a first for both carriers.