Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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USS Porter Departs Cherbourg

USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Cherbourg, France, April 11, after a scheduled port visit which enhanced U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. The ships presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. During Porter’s time in Cherbourg, Sailors participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. In conjunction with the wreath-laying, Sailors were given a tour of the grounds and had the opportunity to conduct an American flag retirement ceremony as well as…

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Fight against submarines, maintain a high level of expertise!

Google Translation At a time when many nations are acquiring, developing or reactivating an underwater force, NATO navies continue to cooperate in the fight against submarines (ASM). Ten nations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) have focused a significant amount of resources off the coast of Sicily where Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 is taking place . A dozen boats, as many helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft, six submarines and 5,000 sailors compete in one of the largest meetings in the field of anti-submarine…

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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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UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to strengthen UK-France cooperation, building on the 2010 Lancaster House Treaties. The measures agreed between the UK and France today will include: President Macron has agreed to further French support to…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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Franco-Cypriot cooperation for Aconite

Google Translation    Deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean since the end of September, the La Fayette type frigate (FLF) Aconit has used an operational break in Larnaca to strengthen cooperation between the Navy and the Cypriot armies. During a previous visit to Cyprus, French sailors and Cypriot soldiers had already planned and then conducted a bilateral exercise, consisting of landing a helicopter from the Cypriot Air Force on the French frigate. This first interaction was conducted to test the interoperability of medical evacuation. The second operational break was marked by…

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French Minister for Armed Forces Visit to Western Naval Command

A thirteen member delegation headed by H.E. Mrs Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces visited Mumbai today. During the visit, H.E. Mrs Florence Parly interacted with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. Aspects related to maritime security cooperation, bilateral exercises, ship visits, training, equipment, technology and professional exchanges were discussed. Relations between France and India are being accorded priority by both sides as seen by the recent high-level interaction between the two countries. Defence cooperation has also witnessed increased emphasis by both sides.…

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India and France to Strengthen Bilateral Defense Cooperation as a Key Pillar of Their Strategic Partnership

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman received the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Ms Florence Parly, in South Block today. Minister Parly is visiting India from 26-28 October, 2017 on her first official visit as the French Minister for the Armed Forces. The Ministers reviewed ongoing initiatives to further strengthen bilateral defense cooperation as a key pillar of the strategic partnership between India and France. They also discussed regional and international developments of mutual interest. A range of measures to expand military to military ties, including enhancing the scope of…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Cherbourg

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Cherbourg, France, after a scheduled port visit Oct. 22. This was Donald Cook’s fourth port visit during their sixth forward-deployed patrol. While in Cherbourg, Donald Cook held an officer call with French officials, conducted a community relations project and received supplies. “We had a great port visit in Cherbourg,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, executive officer of Donald Cook. “The Sailors of Donald Cook showed what a true ambassador looks like and helped to strengthen our relationship with France. The crew enjoyed the rich history…

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Franco-Algerian cooperation for Aconit

Google Translation From September 5 to 19, 2017, La Fayette Aconit Frigate participated in the annual French-Algerian naval exercise “Raïs Hamidou”, in cooperation with Kalaat Beni Hammad. This operational training is part of bilateral cooperation in the military field. Conducted since 2005, this exercise allows the Algerian Naval Forces and the French Navy to share their know-how in various fields such as the sharing of nautical information, sea rescue and assistance to ships in distress. These interactions, in direct relation to the geopolitical situation in the Western Mediterranean, illustrate the…

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5 + 5 Group of Navies Terrorism Drills

Google Translation The 5 + 5 group comprises the Mauritanian, Moroccan, Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian Maghreb countries, and the Mediterranean basin countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta. In the annual exercise of 5 + 5, there are marine and air assets from Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco and several international observers. the Navy and the Air Force of those countries. Portugal will participate with the Portuguese Republic Vessel (NRP) Viana do Castelo. The exercise covers scenarios of maritime terrorism and irregular migration flows from climate change. Provision…

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EUROMARFOR Change of Command in Lisbon

Google Translation On 19 September 2017, the Vice-admiral Jean-Philippe Rolland, admiral commanding the Naval Action Force , visited Lisbon, Portugal to attend the change of command ceremony EUROMARFOR ( Maritime European Union) . Vice-Admiral Marzano, commander of the Italian naval squadron (CINCNAV), forwarded the command of this force to Vice-Admiral Gouveia e Melo, Naval Commander of the Portuguese Navy (COMNAV). This was the first opportunity for Vice-Admiral Jean-Philippe Rolland to meet with his counterparts from the Marine partners. EUROMARFOR is a non-permanent naval force, commanded by a two-year mandate and…

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UK sets up joint Caribbean Coordination Cell with French and Dutch allies

The MNCCC will share, coordinate and optimize the use of ships and aircraft delivering emergency aid to affected islands. By working together as well as alongside close allies and partners, including the US and Canada, the military cell will improve the efficiency of humanitarian relief operations in the region. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: The UK has led the way in providing expert disaster relief to those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma and now Maria moving a significant amount of troops, aid and equipment into the region.…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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