Nick Simeone writes the admiral urged the U.S. Navy to consider pooling resources with its counterparts from allied nations to meet the growing need to patrol and respond to manmade crises and natural disasters at sea.
“To do more is going to be very difficult so we need to have a conversation,” he was quoted as saying at a maritime security conference in Washington this week.
“I think in the reality of the world we need to look to the global network of ships.”
The admiral indicated the collaboration need not fall under any formal treaties or framework that could hinder the participation of some nations, and noted that naval leaders discussed the possibility of such an informal coalition on the sidelines of last month’s International Sea Power Symposium.
“The global network has to be tapped into and we have to bring as many coalitions to bear as possible,” Greenert said.