Cooperative engagement in the maritime
domain extends both reach and power,
serves as a training ground at the tactical
level, reinforces areas of mutual understand-
ing and fosters a dialogue on differences at
the strategic level.
“Our maritime environment is changing as rapidly as ever, is busier than
ever and is becoming more important than ever,” Adm. John M. Richardson,
chief of naval operations, told his international counterparts in remarks
closing the 2016 International Seapower Symposium Sept. 23 at the U.S.
Naval War College in Newport, R.I. “That environment also unites us. We
have much more in common. We operate in that maritime environment.
We’re each responsible to our respective nations for keeping the seas and
rivers safe, keeping the sea lines of communication open for trade, and so
we have common interests and need to continue to use venues like this and
other regional venues to strive to cooperate and find areas of commonality
and ways that we can achieve our common mission.”
The importance of international naval cooperation is demonstrated
daily, for example, in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operation, where the
Combined Maritime Forces coordinate the coalition of navies participat-
ing in maritime security operations. Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess,
in “A Model of Cooperation,” which kicks off our “Partners in Global
Presence” special report, talks with Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, Fifth Fleet
commander, and others about effectiveness and benefits of coalitions.
Special Correspondents Nick Adde, Otto Kreisher and Daniel P. Taylor —
in their respective reports “You Can’t Surge Trust,” “Spanning the Globe”
and “West Asia Still in Focus” — look at the training opportunities found
in expertise exchanges, humanitarian and security cooperation events, and
exercises such as Continuing Promise 2017, Cobra Gold and AMAN 2017.
The Royal Canadian Navy is expanding its reach in 2017, developing new
maritime partnerships as it pushes into the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere.
In “Increasing Engagement,” Special Correspondent David Pugliese talks with
Vice Adm. Ron Lloyd, head of Canada’s Navy, about his operational goals.
Rear Adm. Francis D. Morley, head of the Navy International Programs
Office (NIPO), in our interview “Supporting Shared Interests,” talks about
how NIPO contributes to “expanding and strengthening our network of partners,” including industry and other services as well as international partners.
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