First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones and US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met in Washington DC to discuss ongoing operations, training and exercises involving the two leading navies.
The Royal Navy say that during a day of engagements that included discussions between senior leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, Admiral Jones and Richardson signed a statement reaffirming their commitment to continued co-operation, with a focus on the nuclear deterrent, carrier operations – HMS Queen Elizabeth will once again conduct fast jet training off the Eastern Seaboard of the USA this autumn – force development and the general ability of the two fleets to work together seamlessly.
“It is always such an honour and pleasure to meet with my friend and colleague Admiral Sir Philip Jones, as our two nations and navies share a very special relationship,” Admiral Richardson said.
“The First Sea Lord is an exceptional leader and is instrumental in reinvigorating operational capabilities that enabled the United States Navy and the Royal Navy to sail together across the globe providing security that supports our two nations’ shared strategic interests.”
Admiral Jones, who ends his three-year tenure as head of the Royal Navy next month when he hands over to Admiral Tony Radakin, received the Legion of Merit – the US military’s seventh highest decoration – from his American host in recognition of his leadership of the RN and especially its support of global operations which have had a significant impact in European and Middle Eastern waters and the Asia-Pacific region, say the Royal Navy in a release.