US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday joined the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura for a trilateral maritime discussion onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth anchored off Annapolis.
During the meeting, the three leaders signed a trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirming their commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to strengthen our common efforts, which demonstrates that our relationships are institutional, rather than merely personal,” said Gilday.
“This agreement strengthens our naval bonds and codifies our continued dedication to a free and open maritime commons. There is much to celebrate in our trilateral relationship; indeed the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Gilday said that operating together with Allies like the United Kingdom and Japan, who have global reputations for conducting the most complex and demanding naval operations, is critical to security.
“We should adapt ourselves to a newly emerging security trend,” said Yamamura.
“With this trilateral heads of navy meeting as a catapult, I am confident we’ll work together to find our way ahead.”
“In an increasingly interconnected world, partnerships and alliances such as this are vital for protecting the freedoms of the international community,” said Radakin.
“I look forward to continuing to learn from one another, sharing our experiences and exploring where we can pursue our common aims together.”