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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Joint training off Peru

Google Translation On May 23, 2018, the Prairial surveillance frigate left Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. Because of the distance between France and Peru, stopovers of French buildings are rare, while the Andean country is a historic ally and a regional partner of choice in the Pacific. The last operational release was in 2015, during the previous Prairial . The Peruvian navy was particularly welcoming towards the frigate and her crew. The meetings on land allowed the sailors and the command to discuss the importance of the links shared…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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US ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea

Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment,” said Capt. Roger E. Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the…

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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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