The NOC welcomes the first Sea Lord for a counterpart visit


US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday greeted the British First Lord of the Sea and Chief of Naval Staff Adm.

During the two-day visit which included an honorary ceremony and discussions between the British delegation and senior US Navy leaders, the two naval chiefs focused on expanding and strengthening security efforts maritime together.

“Our alliance with the UK is an anchor of peace and stability across the world,” said Gilday. “Building on our shared history and our commitment to a common free and open maritime community, our two navies will continue to sail together well into the future. By continuing to work closely with Admiral Radakin and the Royal Navy today, we will undoubtedly increase our interoperability for decades to come.

Radakin echoed Gilday’s sentiment.

“The ties between our two nations are deep and historical, but they do not only concern history books: they endure and develop. We have a close working relationship in the Middle East, where our head office is co-located; in the Caribbean, we have had US Coast Guard law enforcement detachments on board our ships for many years, we have operated for decades in tandem in the Atlantic and we have a common vision multilateralism and support for the rules-based international system.

The United States Navy and the British Royal Navy regularly operate together around the world, including the Atlantic, Persian Gulf, and Indo-Pacific. More recently, the Royal Navy announced on April 26 that the HMS Queen Elizabeth Strike Group (R08) will deploy to visit more than 40 countries from the North Atlantic to the Western Pacific. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) will deploy as part of the strike group, along with a squadron of F-35s from the United States Marine Corps. The inclusion of US forces in the strike group will enhance expeditionary capabilities and interoperability among NATO allies, demonstrating the US commitment to the NATO alliance.

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