Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without strong maritime force: US Navy Chief

Admiral Gilday said the price of peace and prosperity is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under and above the sea.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday delivers remarks in-person and virtually to the Indian Navy at Western Naval Command in Mumbai. Gilday is in India to meet with India Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and other senior leaders from the Indian Navy and government.

Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force, said US Navy Chief Admiral Michael Gilday on Friday during his visit to India’s Western Naval Command.

During his speech, live-streamed to the Indian Navy, Admiral Gilday said that our economies, values and cultures are more connected to the sea than ever before.

“Providing a safe, secure and stable maritime system is an imperative to all mankind,” he said.

“Though our nations’ may have different histories, cultures and geographies, as Sailors we are united by the sea. Cooperation between our navies ensures that our most vital resource – seawater – is shared sustainably and responsibly.”

Admiral Gilday said the price of peace and prosperity is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under and above the sea.

“Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force,” Admiral Gilday said.

“Our relationship is unwavering. The US Navy is committed to maintaining a steady course of naval cooperation and growing the connections between our two navies. I am committed to that. Without a doubt, our greatest strength lies in unity.”

Additionally, during his visit to Mumbai, Gilday also met with Vice Admiral Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, where they discussed areas for mutual cooperation and reaffirmed the growing level of naval collaboration and partnership between the two nations.

This visit to Mumbai is the last stop during Gilday’s five-day visit to India.

He explained, “You see, providing a safe, secure, and stable maritime system is an imperative to all of mankind … and not just our two countries. It is an essential part of what our navies and coast guards do, day-in and day-out.”

He said that it a responsibility with truly global consequences. “It cannot be taken for granted …peace on the sea does not happen by accident,” said Admiral Gilday adding, “Though our nations’ may have different histories, different cultures, and different geographies … As Sailors, there is no doubt we are united by the sea.”

The US Navy chief stated that cooperation between two countries navies ensures that most vital resource seawater is shared sustainably and responsibly.

He also stated cooperation when applied with naval power promotes freedom and peace and prevents coercion, intimidation, and aggression.

Admiral Gilday pointed out that a world that adheres to international commitments and the rule of law where diplomacy and dialogue not military force are used to settle whatever differences we might have.

A world dedicated to the freedom of the seas … where commerce and ideas can flow freely across open oceans and seas and skies connecting nations in bonds of fellowship.

The price of peace, the cost of prosperity is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under, and above the sea.

All over the world, disruptive technologies are removing barriers from the sea floor all the way to space. Artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomy, quantum computing, and new communications technology are transforming the maritime environment.

In turn, these advancements are reshaping everything from designing naval platforms to constructing them, to manning them and training their teams and finally, to operating them in support of our common objectives.

So the fundamental question for all of us … is how best to prepare for the future of naval warfare … while preventing conflict from breaking out in the first place? How do we do that?,” he questions.

He believes that answers to question is multifaceted and he briefly touched on three ways how to prevent conflict from breaking out in the first place.


The fundamental application of our combined naval power in peacetime and especially in times of competition is to protect an increasingly globalized world. Ready ships, submarines, and aircraft operating forward provide mobile, adaptable, and scalable naval power.

“Readiness is a critical part of our ability to act to reduce tension and to enhance stability across the spectrum of competition …Readiness allows us to react to the unexpected such as the Indian Navy’s important work supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. You set the example for all of us,” he said.

Together our forward naval forces uphold global maritime security set the standards for acceptable conduct at sea and stand ready to protect the rules-based international order.

Building Trust

He said that maintaining global maritime security cannot be done alone. The second way where one can achieve desired effects in the future by building trust and by building interoperability.

In combined naval operations the first element where we need trust is information itself because information is the thread running through all warfare areas.

Fusing information from a variety of sources transmitting it securely, reliably, and efficiently and putting it to use in a common and actionable operational picture yields decision advantage.

And this advantage bolsters our shared maritime-domain awareness on, above, and as we spoke, under the seas providing naval forces the confidence to operate together in support of mutual objectives.

“From this foundation we strengthen trust and we build competency through multilateral exercises like Malabar, Tiger Triumph and RIMPAC,” he said.

“Today, we are achieving high-end interoperability across all facets of naval operations not only with each other but with other like-minded partners. With information and competency running deep in our partnership we raise the sail for our most effective way of building trust combined operations.”

By sharing information by exercising together operating together and learning together by understanding what we are doing right, and what we are doing wrong we are providing capability and generating capacity where it matters the most on the sea, he pointed out.

Use of Technology and new operating models

Still simply operating is not enough. Eager competitors are using technology and new operating models to change the rules of the game.

Sea power in the information age requires effects to be distributed geographically on, under, and above the seas in the information environment, cyber domain, the electromagnetic spectrum, and in space.

To do this effectively platforms, sensors, and weapons must all be able to operate in different spectrums and at different ranges, but still be able to work together as one cohesive, integrated team.

This competitive method can only be empowered by secure, resilient, and common networks links that function across domains and across navies.

“This is a common challenge we need to get after,” Admiral Gilday adding, “In short we need a ready, compatible, all-domain naval force to compete and importantly, keep the peace.”


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