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Document: Statement on Trilateral Maritime Agreement Between U.S., U.K. and Japan

The following is an Oct. 20, 2016 statement signed by the heads of the U.S. and U.K. navies as well as the head of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) pledging increased cooperation.

2016 TRILATERAL MARITIME TALKS

As Chiefs of three highly capable and like-minded Services, we share a common vision of
enhancing the operational effectiveness of our maritime forces through increased cooperation. Based on shared national interests and a collective assessment of the future security environment, we recognize this opportunity to strengthen maritime contributions for achieving mutually desired strategic effects.

Fundamentally, the world has become dramatically more globalized, and this trend is
accelerating. We seek a common way ahead that accounts for this reality. For many years
now, we have coordinated our operations in the waters off East Africa and through periodic
engagements in both Europe and the Western Pacific. But, there is room for deeper
cooperation.

Today, we have agreed upon a course, consistent with our shared national interests. which will give our operational commanders additional opportunities to collaborate and cooperate both in exercises and operations.

We believe this increased trilateral cooperation will help secure a future that not only serves the interests of our three nations. but the interests of all nations who depend upon the free flow of commerce and trade through the global maritime commons.

*signed* *signed* *signed*
Tomohisa Takei Sir Philip Jones John Richardson
Admiral Admiral Admiral
Cheif of Staff First Sea Lord Chief of Naval Operations
JMSDF Royal Navy U.S. Navy

Dated 20 October 2016