The Deputy Chief of the French Navy visits Australia for the Navy to Navy talks [fr]
The Rear Admiral Denis Béraud, Deputy Chief of the French navy was visiting Australia from the 5th to the 7th of February for the Navy to Navy talks between French and Australian Navies.
The Deputy Chief of the French Navy first went to Canberra, where he was welcomed by the Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Navy. They attended the last post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and laid floral tributes beside the ‘Pool of reflection’ before starting the Navy to Navy talks.
The Rear Admiral then went to Sydney where he was welcomed by the Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, commander Australian fleet. The two men continued the discussions started in Canberra before visiting the HMAS Farncomb submarine and the monument la Pérouse.
These meetings between the two Navies happen every year (Australia and France alternate each year for the meetings organization) and enable both marines to state the objectives and developments strategies for the years to come. The meetings this year, very rich, were about collaboration in the Indian Ocean’s operations (where our two Navies take part in the coalition against terrorism’s actions), staff exchanges, feedback on the naval exercise which took place in Perth in November 2017. The two admirals agreed on a roadmap that will permit to enhance further interactions in the Indo-Pacific area and to pursue collaboration that serves interest from both nations.