Gareloch greetings

US admiral visits Faslane sub base

The two admirals meet at the Clyde Naval Base in the Gareloch.

HM Naval Base Clyde hosted United States Navy (USN) Admiral James G. Foggo III on Wednesday, August 8, in a visit which helped to further forge strong links between the UK and US.

The Admiral, who is Commander US Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, spent the day at the home of the UK Submarine Service as the guest of Scotland’s most senior naval officer, Rear Admiral John Weale RN.

Together they toured Astute Class and Vanguard Class submarines berthed alongside, visited simulators at the site’s Flag Officer Sea Training North facility, and met with some of the Royal Marines serving with the Faslane-based 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group.  The Admirals also discussed operations, exercises and fleet training during the visit.

Admiral Fogg highlighted the strong naval partnership the US and UK enjoys, a partnership strengthened through information sharing, combined operations, and a mutual commitment to regional stability and security.

“I had a wonderful visit to HMNB Clyde and I appreciate the hospitality of Rear Adm. Weale and the crews of the attack submarine and ballistic submarine which I toured today,” said Admiral Foggo.  “I look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with the Royal Navy.  I always enjoy seeing the warships from our two navies operate together, the White Ensign alongside our stars and stripes.”

Rear Admiral Weale, who is Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland (FOSNI) and Rear Admiral Submarines (RASM), said: “The United States is a key ally of the United Kingdom and our Special Relationship continues to develop through our shared interests of regional security and peace and prosperity across the globe.  In an increasingly uncertain world the partnerships between the Royal Navy and United States Navies is as ironclad as it has ever been.

“In both my role as Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Rear Admiral Submarines, I am delighted to welcome Admiral Foggo to Faslane to see all that the Royal Navy contribute to Scotland and to show him the facilities and submarines that serve as a close reminder of our continued relationship.”


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