Warm welcome for French counterpart

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr James McPherson (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN and Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel inspects Australia's Federation Guard during a  recent visit to Canberra. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN and Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel inspects Australia's Federation Guard during a recent visit to Canberra.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, welcomed his French counterpart, Admiral Bernard Rogel, in Canberra last week for a series of meetings to strengthen and deepen the relationship between the two navies.
 
With territories in the Indian and Pacific oceans, France shares many strategic interests with Australia in the region and are regular visitors to Australian shores. Vice Admiral Barrett said the meetings were important for continuing the relationship which has been developed over the last century.
 
“I appreciate Admiral Rogel’s and the French Navy’s efforts in our region and these regular meetings enable our two countries to exchange knowledge and experience to expand our cooperation,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
 
“France is a significant contributor in the Asia-Pacific, most recently lending their support, as we did, to assist the people of Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.”
 
The discussions focussed on opportunities for interaction and combined operations, including in areas such as maritime surveillance, sovereignty missions and transnational crimes.
 
The Chiefs also took the opportunity to discuss the recently announced future submarine program which will see Australia and France work more closely together for the next 50 years.
 
Following the meetings, the Admirals visited the Australian War Memorial, where they viewed the First World War galleries, laid wreaths and attended the Last Post Ceremony, where they paid tribute to Sergeant John Richard Gilbert, who was killed on active service during the Second World War.
 
The Chief of Navy last met with Admiral Rogel in France in April 2015.