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Discussion with RADM Jean-Mathieu Rey, Joint Commander French Armed Forces, in the Asia-Pacific
- Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey (Commander, French Armed Forces)
This Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour will feature Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey, Joint Commander French Armed Forces, in Asia-Pacific. France is a European state, with the core ability to deploy its capital assets worldwide from the mainland, but it is also a resident of the Indo-Pacific with military forces permanently stationed in its Indian Ocean and Pacific Territories. Since around 2014 the French Navy and the Air Force have clearly become more active in the region with more deployments and more engagements. Key strategic documents such as France’s 2018 Indo-Pacific Strategy paper and 2017 Defense and National Security Strategic Review reflect the thinking that is driving this enhanced engagement. Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey will provide his perspective on France’s maritime engagement with the region while reflecting on both the challenges and accomplishments of the recent past. He will then take your questions.
“Discussion with RADM Jean-Mathieu Rey, Joint Commander French Armed Forces, in the Asia-Pacific”
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Wednesday 27 January 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 Tokyo (JST)
Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey
Commander, French Armed Forces
Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey assumed his current position as Commander, French Armed Forces in French Polynesia (COMSUP POLYNESIE) in Tahiti and Commanding General, Joint Forces, Pacific (ALPACI) on 1 August 2020.
Jean-Mathieu Rey is a French Rear Admiral with high operational experience on board surface ships (Air-defence destroyers and aircraft carriers) and within the naval special forces. He operated at sea and from the sea for 25 years, mainly in the Indo-Pacific where it all started on a frigate based in Tahiti. Then, he assumed different positions ranging from commando platoon leader, patrol boat commander in the Pacific Ocean, frigate commander in the Indian Ocean to chief of staff of the carrier strike group Charles de Gaulle and commander of the air defence destroyer Forbin during the Libyan campaign (2011). Detached to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he was also adviser for security and defence cooperation in Asia and South America.
A graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course in the United Kingdom and French equivalent courses (CHEM and IHEDN), he has been posted in Paris since 2013 assuming various responsibilities within the Joint Staff and the Naval Staff on financial, support and transformation matters. From 2017, he was Deputy Director of Fleet Service Support (operational preparation of surface ships, nuclear submarines and aircraft carrier) being promoted to Rear Admiral.
Married with Katai, of Indochina roots, and father of five children, he likes geopolitics and scuba diving.