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Vice Adm. James Foggo III 1MC Announcement to the Crew of the French Navy Ship BCR Somme

June 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM UTC
Summary:

The following is a statement from Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Vice Adm. James Foggo III to the crew aboard of the French navy Durance class command and replenishment ship BCR Somme (A631).

English:

Onboard Somme, greetings!

The following is a statement from Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Vice Adm. James Foggo III to the crew aboard of the French navy Durance class command and replenishment ship BCR Somme (A631).

English:

Onboard Somme, greetings!

I am Vice Admiral James Foggo, commander of the United States Navy’s Sixth fleet and Commander of Strike Force NATO.  Without a doubt, I am a French speaker and a Francophile.

It is fantastic to be at sea with you, our French Navy friends!  Your dedication and professionalism is obvious.   As the only fleet oiler participating in BALTOPS, we are counting on you as you are truly our key to success – providing the logistical support.

At the same time as we are together in the Baltic, the Hermione – the replica of General Lafayette’s ship – is visiting the United States.  I cannot imagine a better symbol of the strength of the French-American alliance.  During General Lafayette’s time this alliance ensured the security and independence of the United States.  Today it is just as strong and ensures the security of Europe.  Our presence here, together, strong and resilient sends a clear message of our shared values.

Keep up the good work, have a good exercise, and fair winds and following seas!

Thank you very much and see you again soon!

French:

Bonjour à tous abord le Somme!

Je suis Vice-Admiral James Foggo, Commandant du Sixieme Flotte Americaine et Commandant de la Force de Frappe de L’OTAN. Sans doute, je suis aussi Francophone et Francophile.

Donc, ca me fait un grand plaisir de naviguer avec vous, nos amis de la Marine Française ! Votre engagement et professionnalité est bien évident. Nous comptons sur vous comme le seul ravitailleur dans le cadre du BALTOPS, vous êtes vraiment notre clé du succès – d’assurer la logistique.

Au même temps que nous sommes en mer dans la Baltique, L’Hermione – la copie de la frégate du General Lafayette - fait ses escales aux Etats-Unis. Je ne peux pas imaginer un meilleur symbole de la force de l’alliance Franco-Américaine. A l’époque du General Lafayette cette alliance a assuré la sécurité et l’Independence des Etats-Unis, et aujourd’hui elle est toujours aussi forte et elle assure la sécurité européenne. Donc, notre présence ici, tous ensemble, puissante et résiliente transmet un message très clair de nos valeurs communes.

Continuez votre bon travail et je vous souhaite un bon exercice et une bonne mer !

Merci beaucoup et a bientot!

150611-N-ZZ999-001 BALTIC SEA (June 11, 2015) Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Vice Adm. James Foggo III, left, and Cmdr. Benjamin Serpe, commanding officer of the French navy Durance class command and replenishment ship BCR Somme (A631) during BALTOPS 2015, June 11. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Daniel Foose) 150611-N-ZZ999-001 BALTIC SEA (June 11, 2015) Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Vice Adm. James Foggo III, left, and Cmdr. Benjamin Serpe, commanding officer of the French navy Durance class command and replenishment ship BCR Somme (A631) during BALTOPS 2015, June 11. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Daniel Foose)

Additional Links:

The Navy as an Extension of Diplomacy

BALTOPS 2015 Daily Report

Setting Sail for BALTOPS

VADM Foggo thanks Mayor of Gdynia, Poland

Prepared Remarks of Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo III at Press Availability for BALTOPS 2015

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