Commandant of the Marine Corps Highlights Strength of U.S.-Portuguese Military Ties

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, shakes hands with Adm. Silva Ribeiro, chief of the Portuguese Navy, at the Portuguese Navy Headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 3, 2017. Neller visited the Portugal to strengthen the military-to-military relationship between the two countr

General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, visited Portugal on October 3, 2017 to meet with Portuguese military leaders and attend briefings with the staff Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) in Lisbon.  During his trip, he met with the Chief of the Portuguese Navy, Admiral António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro, as well as the Portuguese Navy Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo and Commandant of the Fuzileiros, Commodore Jorge Manuel Nobre de Sousa.

In his interactions with the Portuguese military, General Neller emphasized the strength of the relationship between the U.S. and Portuguese militaries, noting that in the last year the two forces had held more than a dozen joint military training exercises and nearly 50 high-level bilateral meetings.  He highlighted, in particular, the important relationship between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Fuzileiros, and looked forward to developing even closer ties between the two institutions.  General Neller also congratulated the Portuguese military on the success of its military deployments in Europe and Africa.

General Robert B. Neller is the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.