Heads of the French navy and the Royal Navy meet in Portsmouth
The head of the French navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel, and the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, review progress in the strategic partnership between France and the UK
On 22 June, Admiral Bernard Rogel travelled to Portsmouth to meet his counterpart, Admiral Sir George Zambellas.
As set out in the Lancaster House Treaty, twice a year the heads of the French navy and the Royal Navy discuss progress in the strategic partnership linking the two forces, and decide on a course of action for the years ahead.
Among the subjects discussed were the strengthening of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF), the permanent availability of a joint carrier battle group and the extension of the officer exchange programme.
The recent inclusion of the frigate HMS Kent in the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle’s escort during Operation Chammal illustrates the level of trust and interoperability existing between the French navy and the Royal Navy.
The meeting concluded with a short visit to the destroyer HMS Diamond and an official dinner on board HMS Victory, attended by local and parliamentary officials.