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Adm. Mike Mullen, the U.S. Navy’s new chief of naval operations (CNO), called for expanded international naval cooperation during a speech last week at the Naval War College.
“I’m after that proverbial 1,000-ship Navy,” the CNO said Aug. 28 in Newport, R.I. “A fleet-in-being, if you will, comprised of all freedom-loving nations, standing watch over the seas, standing watch over each other.”
Mullen’s concept is to build on existing international security agreements to extend the global reach of sea power. That power, which he said has not yet been realized, includes the ability to “share and unite” nations.
“Our vision,” he said, “is to extend the peace through an interconnected community of maritime nations working together.”
While emphasizing that war-fighting capabilities remained “first and foremost,” Mullen said that “is not, and it cannot be, all we are about.”
Originally posted by WestPoint23
This idea is prone to failure, what if we want to get involved in a conflict and some of the international members of that navy don’t? I think its best to have your own independent navy.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Well the region the article mentions is a very sensitve one w.r.t. the US because the eastern coast of Africa is perceived to be Al Qaeda territory and I'm sure the U.S. wouldn't want ANY Navy patrolling there expect maybe the British Navy.
Also other than the Indian Navy, no other Navy can effectively patrol that area.
Now piracy in the Mallaca straits is also extensive ,but the Malaysian and Indonesian govts do not want USN or IN ships anywhere near the area because they see it as an "act of aggression"..