Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Mr. David L. Norquist Travel to the United Kingdom

Oct. 15, 2020

Deputy Secretary of Defense Mr. David L. Norquist visited the United Kingdom October 11-13, 2020.

Deputy Secretary Norquist conducted the third iteration of the U.S.-UK Defense Dialogue with U.K. Permanent Secretary for Defence Sir Stephen Lovegrove in London to emphasize the continued importance of the two nations’ respective contributions to NATO and transatlantic cooperation.   

They discussed bilateral approaches to shared global security challenges, including competition with Russia and China, as well as future force development. Deputy Secretary Norquist expressed his gratitude for the United Kingdom’s continued partnership as a stalwart Ally of the United States.  

Deputy Secretary Norquist also met with U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier exercising in preparation for next year’s Carrier Strike Group 2021 deployment, which will highlight long-standing U.S.-UK carrier cooperation. This deployment is first time a U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Squadron is operating from a UK carrier, a significant symbol of the U.S.-UK defense relationship and our shared interoperability.

In a separate visit to U.S. forces stationed at Royal Air Force Fairford, he met with airmen while highlighting the importance of U.S-UK cooperation in the face of global challenges.