Exercise Chesapeake 2018 is the first-ever training to fully integrate a French Navy air wing into a single, unified carrier air wing, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8).
This historic first in naval aviation is another demonstration of the Navy’s implementation of the National Defense Strategy and its direction to strengthen alliances and deepen collaboration to become a more lethal force. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson met with his counterpart, Chief of Staff of the French Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14 to observe the high-end combined training currently underway between the U.S and French navies.
“So we’re proud to be operating side-by-side with our French allies as we deepen our interoperability. As described in the National Defense Strategy, we’ll need combined training like this to become habitual so that we are prepared to compete and win in this new era of great power competition.”
– Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson