CNO Visits Singapore, Speaks at IMSC and Highlights Cooperation

28 July 2021
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday travelled to Singapore July 27-28, to meet with the country’s senior defense leaders and take part in the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC).

Four men sit on a stage at a conference.
CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sits with Adm. Yamamura Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defence; Adm. Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff, French Navy; and Adm. Tan Sri Mohammed Reza, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy during a Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sits with Adm. Yamamura Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defence; Adm. Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff, French Navy; and Adm. Tan Sri Mohammed Reza, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy during a Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
CNO stands at a podium to speak.
CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel during the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel during the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
CNO stands at a podium, speaking.
CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel during the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO at the Chiefs of Navy panel at the International Maritime Security Conference Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel during the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) in Singapore July 28. During his visit to Singapore, Gilday also met with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nathan Christensen/Released)
SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday salutes during a full-honors ceremony with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1005 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday salutes during a full-honors ceremony with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1005 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday salutes during a full-honors ceremony with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visits the Singapore Ministry of Defense with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1004 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visits the Singapore Ministry of Defense with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1004 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visits the Singapore Ministry of Defense with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Singapore Ministry of Defence during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1003 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Singapore Ministry of Defence during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1003 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Singapore Ministry of Defence during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Defence Force, Singapore Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1002 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Defence Force, Singapore Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1002 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Defence Force, Singapore Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1001 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 8 images | CNO Gilday Visits Singapore 210726-N-HT307-1001 SINGAPORE (July 26, 2021) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng during a trip to the region. Gilday visited the region to meet with senior military and government leadership to reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to our partners and allies and help keep the seas open and free. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Nate Christensen/Released)


SINGAPORE - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday travelled to Singapore July 27-28, to meet with the country’s senior defense leaders and take part in the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC).

During the visit, Gilday met with Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng.

“The United States and Singapore are more than just military partners,” Gilday said. “Our relationship is deep and enduring. We’re close friends, strategic partners, and we collaborate closely every single day.”

While in Singapore, Gilday also took part in IMSC and offered remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel, which also included Adm. Yamamura Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defence; Adm. Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff, French Navy; and Adm. Tan Sri Mohammed Reza, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy.

“I am convinced that now, more than ever, cooperation is the key aspect to our modern understanding and application of sea power,” Gilday said during his panel remarks. “Cooperation allows us to prosper from the sea and welcomes every nation to take advantage of what the seas have to offer them - not just a select few. Cooperation recognizes the interconnectedness we all share. Most importantly, cooperation, when applied with naval power, promotes freedom and peace and prevents coercion, intimidation, and aggression. After all, cooperation breeds trust, and that is something that you cannot surge.”

Gilday also said the choices we make today will have a dramatic impact on our collective future. 

“The challenges ahead may loom large, but I am confident in our collective ability to face them together and because of that, I am filled with optimism, with strength, and conviction.” he said. “Our relationships are unwavering and the United States Navy is committed to maintaining a steady course of naval cooperation and growing the connections among our nations.  Without a doubt our greatest strength lies in unity.”

This visit marked Gilday’s first to Singapore since assuming duties as CNO.

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