Royal Navy chief hosts US, French counterparts in London

L to R: Adm. Christophe Prazuck Marine Nationale's Chief of Navy, Adm. Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. Photo: Ministry of Defence

The First Sea Lord of the United Kingdom, Adm. Sir Philip Jones, hosted his U.S. and French counterparts in London for trilateral maritime talks on cooperation and interoparibility.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and French Navy Chief of Naval Staff, Adm. Christophe Prazuck, met on March 27 for the first event of this kind to be held by the three chiefs.

“Vital in these uncertain times that NATO’s 3 strongest navies come together to uphold security & stability and lead others to do the same,” Adm. Jones wrote on Twitter.

As a result of the half-day session, the three chiefs of Navy affirmed their commitment to increased interoperability in a signed agreement that stated, “We believe this increased trilateral cooperation will help secure a future that is not only in the interests of our three nations, but in the common interests of our allies, partners, and all likeminded nations who are committed to peace, prosperity, and maritime security.”

The U.S., U.K. and French navies have regularly operated together around the world. During this trilateral event, the three chiefs agreed there is room for more joint operations and for enhanced cooperation in the undersea domain and power projection.

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