The Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Vandier, was represented by Rear Admiral Christophe Lucas. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Gilday, was represented by Vice Admiral Merz. The agreement was signed remotely (via video conferencing, at the French Navy headquarters and at the French Embassy in Washington DC).
According to the French Navy, this plan is the result of work initiated two years ago. It sets specific objectives designed to continuously improve interoperability between the two navies over the next 20 years, including a targeted effort at the top of the operational spectrum: Control of the oceans and power projection. It facilitates contacts between flag officers and provides for the establishment of a framework for the exchange of classified information and data.
“This agreement marks a very significant step forward and the culmination of a common desire to strengthen cooperation between the two navies, despite the rough seas that the two countries have recently crossed.”
French Navy statement