Amphibious Training Event Begins Off Djibouti’s Coast

Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade has begun a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the African coast of Djibouti. Alligator Dagger is the largest regional amphibious combat rehearsal to integrate and synchronize TF 51/5’s warfighting capabilities and those of adjacent U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and special operations forces units. “USS Iwo Jima’s Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are prepared to rehearse a variety of tactical capabilities in this demanding and globally vital region,” said Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank…

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2018 Begins

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2018, Jan. 31. Cutlass Express 2018, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa is an exercise designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in East Africa as well as information sharing, planning and operating. “Criminal activities pose a big threat to the security of…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Auvergne trains with French forces in Djibouti

Google Translation On August 29, 2017, after a refueling stop in Djibouti, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Auvergne conducted several interactions with the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ). On the eve of the stopover in Djibouti, the naval command detachment based at Arta camp literally stormed the frigate, demonstrating its ability to deploy on a moving ship to take control of it. At the same time, an Air Force Puma conducted a landing session to maintain the pilots’ qualifications for this perilous maneuver, as well as train sailors in the…

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ESPS Rayo Conducts Local Maritime Capacity Building During Port Visit to Djibouti

On Wednesday 30th August, during her port visit to Djibouti, EU Naval Force warship ESPS Rayo conducted Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training in support of the Djiboutian Coast Guard. The training began with a briefing on board ESPS Rayo for the Djiboutian Coast Guard personnel. This was followed by comprehensive training in fire fighting techniques, as well as the use of protective clothing used to safely fight a fire. Those receiving the training showed great interest in both damage control techniques and equipment and at the end of the…

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PLAN Peace Ark Visits Djibouti

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark arrived at Djibouti Port of the Republic of Djibouti August 24th for a 9-day visit. This is the first time that the Peace Ark has paid a visit to Djibouti after seven years. Nearly 200 people welcomed the visiting Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark at the port, including Djibouti Armed Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier General Tahir Ali Mohamed, Chief of Djiboutian Navy Captain Abdourahman Aden Cher, Chinese Ambassador to Djibouti Fu Huaqiang and Defense Attaché to Djibouti Ji…

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Google Translation March 18, 2017 – Stopping at Djibouti as part of the “Jeanne d’Arc 2017” mission, the frigate Courbet set sail on 16 March 2017 to integrate the Atalanta operation, under the operational control of Alindien, and to go off the coast of Somalia after The attack by alleged pirates of the oil tanker “Aris 13”. Arrived in the area the next morning, the Aris 13, released in the night, is relocated by the Dauphin helicopter of the frigate during a reconnaissance flight. The Courbet then made a first…

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Exercise Cutlass Express to Begin

January 27, 2017 – Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations will begin the sixth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 31. Cutlass Express 2017, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF), is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity and promote national and regional security in East Africa, inform planning and operations. Cutlass Express 2017 (CE17) will test participating nations’ ability to…

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