BREST, France – Commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South; Commander, Submarine Group Eight, Rear Adm. James G. Foggo, III, met with French navy leadership at the naval base in Brest, France, Tuesday, to strengthen relations and plan for future engagements.
While in Brest, Foggo was briefed on a recent exercise and met with French navy leaders, including Vice Adm. Georges-Henri Mouton, commander of the French submarine force.
Foggo’s visit highlighted the importance of French submarines’ contribution to maintaining regional security and stability.
“We train in several areas of mutual interest, particularly anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; but, the real focus is building interoperability,” said Foggo. “When a situation like Libya arises, we are able to work hand-in-glove. There is no learning curve to overcome.”
U.S. and French submarines recently worked together in operations to support Operation Unified Protector. As NATO submarine commander for the Mediterranean Sea, Foggo is responsible for all allied submarine activity in the theater.
“In exercises and operations, our French allies consistently show their true colors,” said Foggo. “They are dependable, capable and more importantly we share a common commitment to improving maritime security throughout the region.”
Combined exercises improve maritime safety, security and stability by enhancing capabilities and strengthening maritime partnerships of the participants.
Combined undersea exercises and operations involving multiple submarines require precise coordination and direction to ensure vessel are in position to utilize their full range of capabilities, while providing for their safety.
Brest serves as home to the French Naval Academy and their strategic deterrent submarines.