Over the next two weeks, discussions continued in London on various technical issues, including the calculation of tonnage in the different categories of warships.  Ribbentrop was desperate for success and therefore accepted almost all of the UK`s demands.  On June 18, 1935, the agreement was signed in London by Ribbentrop and the new British Foreign Secretary, Sir Samuel Hoare. Hitler called June 18, 1935, the day of the signing, “the happiest day of his life,” saying it marked the beginning of an Anglo-German alliance.   By the note of June 18, 1935, called the German-British Fleet Agreement, the British government authorized Germany to expand its navy to 35% of the strength of the Royal Navy. This agreement, which bypassed the British Parliament by the method of exchanging diplomatic notes, de facto replaced the corresponding provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. In the field of Anglo-German relations, the agreement was of considerable importance. The UK expressed hope, as Craigie Ribbentrop put it, that it “was designed to facilitate other agreements within a broader framework and there was no other idea behind it”.  In addition, the United Kingdom considered it a “measure” for the measurement of Germany`s intentions vis-à-vis the United Kingdom.
 Hitler considered this to be the beginning of an Anglo-German alliance and got very angry when it wasn`t.  For German shipowners/employers, it may be useful to conclude collective agreements with the International Transport Workers` Federation (ITF) on the minimum wage for seagoing vessels registered in the GERMAN-flagged GIS. To this end, the ITF union and the German Shipowners` Association (VDR) have negotiated standard fleet collective agreements (“SIG fleet contract” (SRI fleet contract) and “special SRI contract”). The net salaries resulting from these standard fleet agreements are set in the scale of the GIS fleet agreement. The application of these model agreements for certain ships must be the subject of an agreement between the individual shipowners and the FTI bremen office. . . .