CNO Adm. Richardson presents Meritorious Unit Commendation to French Navy Ship Charles de Gaulle.
The award was presented to Captain Eric Malbrunot, commanding officer of the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. While presenting the award, CNO Richardson declared this is “a symbol of how far and how developed our relationship has come.”
From December 7, 2015 to March 3, 2016, the Charles de Gaulle served as the command element for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 50 (TF 50). It was the first time this function was entrusted to a non-US admiral and non-US unit.
"This is made possible thanks to the trust between our two navies. This confidence is built through regular and fruitful exchanges that we have, both in training in operations, but also between our commands. Thus we have an extensive network of exchange officers, including pilots, allowing for synergies in the various components of our two navies. We will work to maintain this high level of interoperability, the fruit of many years of joint operations, to continue to face together the challenges of today and tomorrow." said Admiral Rogel.
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