French Minister of the Armed Forces Pleased With Dutch/Belgian Equipment Choices

April 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the offer of the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, bringing together French industrials Naval Group and ECA Robotics, to renew the capacity of the Belgian and Dutch navies against submarine mines. The minister welcomes this cooperation of three active countries for a stronger defense Europe. This choice is a continuation of a long-standing close relationship in this field between France, Belgium and the Netherlands, since the minesweepers currently used by the Navy and the Belgian and…

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Saudi Divers Train off Toulon

March 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – A team of the Saudi Royal Navy, represented by seven divers from the School of Maritime Security Units, has achieved an international dive in the military depths (80m +), which took place in a deep diving course concluded in the Mediterranean waters near the French city of Toulon. The world level achieved this remarkable achievement after France and Spain. ​

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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“Saudi Military Industries” and “Naval” sign memorandum to establish project “Maritime Defense”

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Saudi Military Industries Company (SAMI) and France’s Naval Group, which specializes in maritime defense, have signed a memorandum of agreement under which a Saudi company in the field of Saudi maritime defense will be established. The signing of the agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition “IDEX” 2019, which was launched yesterday in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. The agreement sets out the framework for the establishment of this joint venture, in order to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s efforts to…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Toulon

February 2, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Toulon, France, Jan. 31, for a scheduled port visit. “The crew of Donald Cook is excited to enjoy some well-deserved liberty in Toulon, France,” said Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “This will give us an excellent opportunity to strengthen our relationship with France, our longtime NATO ally. Additionally, our crew is excited about enjoyed the fantastic French culture while on liberty.” Donald Cook began its eighth FDNF patrol after departing Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 19, 2018. While on patrol, Donald…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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French and Danish train at sea rescue off Greenland

September 13, 2018 (Google Translation) – In early September, the North Atlantic was the scene of Search and Rescue (SAR) exercises between the French and Danish navies. From September 3 to 9, 2018 Landseer Exercise was held west of Greenland. This was the first Franco-Danish SAR training of this magnitude. Developed in a context where the maritime routes of the Far North are increasingly frequented, this exercise aimed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation of the two navies to optimize their ability to intervene jointly in rescue operations. The Landseer exercise…

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Veolia to Scrap Retired French SSBNs

September 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – After ships at the end of their life, Veolia is entrusted, in Cherbourg, with the deconstruction and valorization of 5 former nuclear submarines Launcher d’Engin (SNLE). Pascal Tissot, President of Veolia Déconstruction France, explains the stakes of this extraordinary contract. After the SNLE Le Tonnant, the 4 submarines The Terrible, The Lightning, The Indomitable and The Unyielding will in turn be deconstructed. Recyclable materials from this transaction – mainly ferrous and non-ferrous metals – will be sorted and prepared for sale. 87% of these materials can…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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NATO’s Oldest Allies Unite

From July 2 to July 6, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1), embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), are conducting integrated flight operations with French Naval Aviation aircraft as part of French Air Defense week. The purpose of the exercise is to increase readiness and demonstrate the ability to operate together by practicing air warfare and strike techniques, to include dissimilar air combat training. “France is our oldest Ally and a vital partner in ensuring security and stability in the region and across the globe,” said Commander,…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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USS Harry S Truman Port Call Marseille

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in Marseille, France, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 21. “We look forward to the opportunity to enhance U.S.-French relations during this visit,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 Rear Adm. Gene Black. “France is our oldest ally. This visit reinforces our common goals for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe, as well as allowing our Sailors and our hosts in Marseille to gain a greater understanding and cultural appreciation for one another.” During the port visit, Truman Sailors will have the…

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CATAMARAN 2018: demonstration of Franco-British amphibious capabilities

Google Translation On June 7, 2018, on the beach of Quiberon Fort-Neuf, the Franco-British joint force carried out a demonstration of its Amphibious know-how as part of the operational training Catamaran 18. In a complex environment that requires precise coordination of all its elements, the force has demonstrated the ability to implement an international and joint component. At the heart of this day, the Task Group was able to highlight the complementarity of its operational capabilities, adapted to current strategic challenges and tactical requirements, in a dynamic demonstration on the…

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