US & French Navy Chiefs meet together in France to discuss maritime security and continued engagement

04 June 2021
US & French Navy Chiefs meet together in France to discuss maritime security and continued engagement.

CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-0002 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO meets with French CEMM
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-0002 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0002
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-0003 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO meets with French CEMM
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-0003 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0003
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-008 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO meets with French CEMM
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-008 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0008
CNO presents award
210604-N-HT307-0006 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze for his successful tour as a Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO presents award
CNO presents award
210604-N-HT307-0006 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze for his successful tour as a Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0006
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-001 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO meets with French CEMM
CNO meets with French CEMM
210604-N-HT307-001 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier. The two heads of Navy met to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0004
CNO presents awards.
210604-N-HT307-0005 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks before presenting awards. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO presents awards.
CNO Presents Awards
210604-N-HT307-0005 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks before presenting awards. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0005
Image of CNO in Toulon France.
210604-N-HT307-0007 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V to CDR Damien Belleville for acts involving direct participation in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Image of CNO in Toulon France.
CNO presents awards
210604-N-HT307-0007 TOULON (June 4, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V to CDR Damien Belleville for acts involving direct participation in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012. Gilday traveled to France to meet with other heads of Navy and discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
Photo By: Cmdr. Nathan Christensen
VIRIN: 210604-N-HT307-0007

 

TOULON, France – U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday met with Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier June 4, in Toulon, France, to discuss ways to advance high-end interoperability between both navies as well their recently released naval strategies (CNO’s Navigation Plan and Adm. Vandier’s Mercator: Acceleration 2021).

“France is our oldest ally, and I am encouraged that the bond of friendship forged between our navies centuries ago continues to grow stronger today with Adm. Vandier at the helm,” said Gilday. “Our maritime forces operate jointly across the globe, including the Indo-Pacific and Middle East, and together, we are where it matters, when it matters.”

French and U.S. Naval forces have participated in a number of exercises and operations together since April, including Steadfast Defender, Jeanne D’Arc (ARC) 21, La Perouse and Dual Carrier operations in 5th Fleet.

“The French Navy remains firmly committed to deepening interoperability with our US allies,” said Vandier. “Over the past twenty years, we have seen significant growth in this area, and I look forward to continuing that trajectory in the face of common challenges. To do so, we must work together to ensure our people, processes and technology are able to operate side-by-side, now and in the future.”

During the discussion, Gilday also thanked Vandier for the Charles de Gaulle Strike Group assuming command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 50 this past spring.

This was Gilday’s first visit to France as CNO.

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