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Strengthening Partnerships: Admiral Foggo visits the U.K.

March 15, 2018 at 10:35 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Riley

Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, completed a two-day trip to London, where he served as a panel member in a defense discussion and meet with senior military leaders and civilian officials to discus the U.S. and U.K.’s strong partnership March 13, 2018.


While in London, Foggo participated as panel member at Chatham House’s annual “Security and Defence” conference where he discussed the topic,“new patterns of intervention.”

Following his session, Foggo elaborated on this topic during an interview with Chatham House’s media team.

“We can’t predict with a hundred percent accuracy what the next threat would be or where, God forbid, the next war will be,” said Foggo. “What’s important as an alliance is that we remain strong.”

Foggo also explained during the interview what is expected from NATO in terms of intervention.

“We have got to be ready for any contingency,” said Foggo. “We have to be able to fight a large scale war, we have to get there quickly. At the same time, we have to maintain regional stability and try to prevent things from happening on the ground that might impact NATO partners or allies, that could lead to a regional crisis or a small war.”

In addition to participating in the Chatham House event, Foggo met with the Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Adm. Sir Philip Jones and Nick Gurr, director, International Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence, during two separate office calls, discussing areas of mutual importance and further strengthening the enduring relationship shared between the U.S. and U.K.

Before departing London, Foggo visited the U.S. embassy where he met with Robert Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great rticipated in an interview with the embassy’s media team at the new headquarters in London.

“The relationship we share with the United Kingdom is as strong as it has ever been,” said Foggo. “Like us, they are a committed and capable defense and security partner dedicated to enabling regional security. We continue working together to maintain and improve our interoperability, alongside our NATO allies and partners, to respond to the challenges we face in the 21st century. ”

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to enable enduring relationships and increase vigilance and resilience in Europe and Africa.


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