NATO ships test next generation of electronic warfare defences

October 31, 2019 – Thirteen NATO countries are taking part in simulated air and missile defence drills off the United Kingdom’s southern coast from Thursday (31 October 2019). The 6-day Naval Electro Magnetic Operations – or “NEMO” – trials will test how allied navies can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defences. “NEMO 19 shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces from the threat of cruise and hypersonic missiles,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “This is NATO’s largest maritime electronic warfare exercise…

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Vasily Bykov Attending 192nd Anniversary of the Battle of Navarino Ceremony

October 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – The crew of the patrol ship of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet) “Vasily Bykov” passes the Black Sea straits of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles and is sent on an official visit to the Greek port of Pylos. During the visit, the crew of the Russian ship will take part in events dedicated to the 192nd anniversary of the Navarino naval battle, during which the ceremony of the removal of the flags of Greece, Russia, Great Britain and France to the Three Admirals…

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Exercise Griffin Strike 19 off Scotland

October 10, 2019 (Google Translation) – Maritime Exercise Griffin Strike 19 began its tactical sequence on Monday, October 07, 2019 following the build-up of the force. Thus, until October 18, the joint means of the Navy and the Royal Navy, associated with those of the French and British armies and the Royal Air Force, are mobilized off Glasgow. Approximately 2,000 soldiers are training to qualify the Maritime Combined Command (MCC), the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF ). Through the Lancaster House agreements concluded in 2010, France and the United Kingdom…

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Eighteen NATO countries take part in the Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19

October 7, 2019 – More than 4,500 military personnel from eighteen countries take part from today until the 18th in the exercise of NATO Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19, which aims to prepare to respond to the crisis situations in the maritime field that the Atlantic Alliance needs . This training, in which 26 surface vessels, two submarines and 21 aircraft from 12 countries will participate, will take place mainly in waters near the Spanish south coast. In addition, the Dynamic Mariner / Flotex-19 exercise will be part of the process…

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Franco-Estonian counter-mining operation in the Baltic Sea

October 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – After participating in a Baltic Sea NATO exercise aimed at enhancing Allied interoperability while contributing to Alliance assurance measures in this region, the Southern Cross mine-fighter building conducted a bilateral co-operation action with the Estonian Navy from 23 to 25 September. On this occasion, an Estonian liaison officer boarded three days on board. The purpose of this cooperation was twofold: the research and the neutralization of any mine identified. A mine dating from the First World War was discovered and destroyed by the crew…

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INS Tarkash Visits Reunion Island

October 3, 2019 – As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at St Denis, Reunion Island, France today, on 03 Oct 19 for a three day visit. INS Tarkash, commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev, is a potent frontline frigate of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors. The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and under the Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai. During the port…

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France Takes Command of EUROMARFOR

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The September 19, 2019 in Toulon, aboard the amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA) Thunder , was held the ceremony taking command of the Force European Maritime ( European Maritime Force – EUROMARFOR). Chief of the Naval Staff (CEMM), Admiral Christophe Prazuck, has recognized Wing Vice Admiral (VAE) Jean-Philippe Rolland, current Naval Task Force Commander, as the new Commander EUROMARFOR. France succeeds Portugal, for a period of two years, at the head of this maritime force, bringing together 4 European countries, with Spain and Italy. EUROMARFOR…

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USS Porter Arrives in Marseille

September 4, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Marseille, France, Sept. 4, 2019. The visit serves to enhance U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous European region. While in port, the ship will conduct two community relations events with local children during a sports event, work with Marseille Naval Fire Battalion, and have the opportunity to participate in multiple Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours. “The crew and I are excited to visit Marseille and the surrounding area,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent,…

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Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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USS Donald Cook Visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France

August 16, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, for scheduled port visit August 14-16. The port visit is in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of Southern France — known as Operation Dragoon. Every year, mayors and civic leaders from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in Southern France request U.S. military participation to commemorate the southern landings of Aug. 15, 1944, and subsequent liberation of surrounding French communities. Seventy-five years later, the bravery and heroism by all allies on World War II continue to…

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Champlain Supplies the Malagasy Navy

July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – From July 12 to 15, 2019, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain stopped at Diego Suarez, the main city in northern Madagascar, also called Antsiranana. Diego Suarez is now the main port. of the Malagasy Navy and a regular stopover of French vessels stationed in Reunion during their patrols in the South Indian Ocean (ZSOI). On this occasion, the Champlain delivered 24 m³ of diesel fuel to Trozona , the flagship of Madagascar. This support allows him to patrol his Exclusive Economic…

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Colombian Cadet’s Academic Stay in France

July 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the internationalization activities of the Naval Academy of Cadets “Almirante Padilla”, third-year Cadet Aldair Romero Donado, made an academic stay to advance the Initial Course of Officer Training at the Naval School of France, thanks to the international agreements for academic exchange. For 17 days; the native Cadete of Barranquilla, received training in the French language and instruction in topics such as defense organization and maritime force, training for leaders, military defense zones, operational functions and dynamics of the international system.…

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Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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France shares its amphibious know-how with its allies

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – After Poland and Germany, it was France that hosted in Toulon from 20 to 25 May 2019 the NATO meeting on amphibious doctrine. Jointly organized by the Navy Staff, the Land Forces Command and the Naval Task Force Staff, the event brought together some 20 officers from NATO member countries or partners . This panel of experts called AOWG (Amphibious Operation Working Group) reflects on present and future amphibious operations and continuously develops the framework of common tactics, rules and standards allowing maximum interoperability…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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