CNO Visits Singapore, Speaks at IMSC and Highlights Cooperation
28 July 2021
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday travelled to Singapore July 27-28, to meet with the country's senior defense leaders and take part in the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC).
SINGAPORE - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday travelled to Singapore July 27-28, to meet with the country's senior defense leaders and take part in the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC).
During the visit, Gilday met with Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy Rear Adm. Aaron Beng.
"The United States and Singapore are more than just military partners," Gilday said. "Our relationship is deep and enduring. We're close friends, strategic partners, and we collaborate closely every single day."
While in Singapore, Gilday also took part in IMSC and offered remarks at a Chiefs of Navy panel, which also included Adm. Yamamura Hiroshi, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defence; Adm. Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff, French Navy; and Adm. Tan Sri Mohammed Reza, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy.
"I am convinced that now, more than ever, cooperation is the key aspect to our modern understanding and application of sea power," Gilday said during his panel remarks. "Cooperation allows us to prosper from the sea and welcomes every nation to take advantage of what the seas have to offer them - not just a select few. Cooperation recognizes the interconnectedness we all share. Most importantly, cooperation, when applied with naval power, promotes freedom and peace and prevents coercion, intimidation, and aggression. After all, cooperation breeds trust, and that is something that you cannot surge."
Gilday also said the choices we make today will have a dramatic impact on our collective future.
"The challenges ahead may loom large, but I am confident in our collective ability to face them together and because of that, I am filled with optimism, with strength, and conviction." he said. "Our relationships are unwavering and the United States Navy is committed to maintaining a steady course of naval cooperation and growing the connections among our nations. Without a doubt our greatest strength lies in unity."
This visit marked Gilday's first to Singapore since assuming duties as CNO.
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