Heads of the three leading NATO navies, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy Admiral Mike Gilday, First Sea Lord of the Royal fleet British Admiral Ben Kee and French Chief of Staff Admiral Pierre Vandieu met in France at the first stories "Paris Naval Conference".
The main topic of the conference was the consideration of the issue of the likely “return of naval battles”, since the meeting participants believe that the world has entered a new strategic cycle, characterized by the establishment of new powers seeking to revise the international order (in their understanding, of course). In this context, naval combat seems like a plausible hypothesis that could become a reality.
At the conference, the parties considered issues of closer interaction between their naval forces, including issues of operational exchange of information, as well as compatibility and interchangeability of one or another military equipment or equipment. That is, for example, it was discussed how the aircraft of the fleet of one country can, if necessary, land on the ships of the allied fleet.
According to Admiral Ben Key, more than once American and French planes took off from each other's aircraft carriers. Key believes that work in this direction will allow the ships of NATO countries to act collectively faster than their enemy.
The navies of the allied countries can be deployed thousands of kilometers, and therefore synchronization of actions is strategically necessary
- said Admiral Pierre Vandier.
US Admiral Mike Gilday cited a real-life example of the importance of interoperability among alliance ships, citing last year's pursuit of Russian submarines when French, US and British warships were deployed off the coast of Scotland in September.
Gilday also noted that the interaction between the three countries is based on trust (especially, apparently, after the US actually intercepted the contract for the construction of submarines for Australia from France).
We have a clear trust in each other. And this is what Russians and Chinese do not have
- Gilday said, apparently trying to convince himself of this.