Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday met with his Japanese counterpart this week via video teleconference to advance the relationship between the two navies, the Navy said in a statement.
Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, Chief of Maritime Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), joined Gilday Thursday to reaffirm the two nations’ long-standing partnership.
“Our navies’ partnership is vibrant and resilient, serving as a cornerstone in our nations’ alliance,” said Gilday. “Going forward, we will continue to work closely together with our JMSDF partners to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Gilday and Yamamura also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and how the two navies can continue to cooperate and share information to combat its spread.
“We should strengthen navy-to-navy cooperation with the U.S. Navy despite COVID-19 to face the security challenges in front of us together,” said Yamamura.
The two admirals last met in November aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) anchored off Annapolis, Md., to conduct trilateral discussions along with United Kingdom Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin.
MAIN PHOTO: ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Nov. 20, 2019) Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirms the three countries’ commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Raymond D. Diaz III/Released)