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.

CNO and French CEMM address GHWB

#CNO and Chief of the French navy (Marine Nationale) Adm. Christophe Prazuck address the crew of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and embarked French navy air wing on the 1MC.

Posted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

 

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of the French navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck pose for photos with Sailors after their arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Hurt/Released)

 

A Rafale Marine attached to squadron 17F of the French navy launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Mora Jr./Released)

 

An E-2C Hawkeye attached to squadron 4F of the French navy lands during flight operations on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brooke Macchietto/Released)

 

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Andrew Krobf, left, from Slatington, Pennsylvania, discusses proper handling procedures for transporting flight deck equipment with French sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary P. Wickline/Released)

 

A French pilot prepares a Rafale Marine attached to squadron 17F to launch during flight operations on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brooke Macchietto/Released)

 

Capt. Chris Hill, second from left, executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), speaks with Marine Nationale (French navy) sailors in preparation of an underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Boggio/Released)

 

A Rafale Marine attached to squadron 17F of the French navy prepares to launch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands during flight operations on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brooke Macchietto/Released)

 

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, left, and Chief of the French navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck address U.S. and French navy sailors while visiting the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary P. Wickline/Released)

 

“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