French Navy Seizes Seven Tons of Cannabis

May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – On May 23, in the south of the western Mediterranean basin, 7 tons of cannabis resin distributed in more than 230 packages were seized. This operation, conducted by French Customs with the support of the Navy, was carried out under the coordination of the Maritime Prefecture. “A beautiful operation that had not taken place in the Mediterranean for a long time! It is the fruit and the demonstration of the regular cooperation of the Customs and the Navy. Congratulations to the sailors and customs…

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French Navy’s future nuclear-powered submarine to carry Thales next-generation sonar system

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a 42-month contract to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G). These developments take into account current and future threat environment and support Thales’s efforts to complete design and qualification of a large antenna system and related processing capabilities made possible by advances in algorithms and the digital revolution. This new research and development program builds on the results of studies launched under…

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French Navy does not forget the 52 sailors of the Minerve disappeared at sea on January 27, 1968

Google Translation Two ceremonies, organized by the General Association of former submariners (AGASM), took place in tribute to the sailors of Minerve, missing at sea, off Toulon, January 27, 1968. They were held in Brest at monument of sailors missing in the sea of ​​Plougonvelin, and Toulon at the monument of submarines in the presence of families and relatives of the crew of Minerve. Vice-Admiral Charles-Henri du Ché, Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean and Commander-in-Chief for the Mediterranean, accompanied by Captain Cyril de Jaurias, commanding the squadron of nuclear attack…

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Bois Belleau 100: Tonerre and Chevalier Paul in exercise with Egyptian Navy

Google Translation On 26 November 2017, on a patrol to the Egyptian coast, Task Group 473.1, consisting of the Tonnerre Projection and Command Building (BPC) and the Air Defense Frigate Chevalier Paul, conducted a joint training with an Egyptian Task Group consisting of BPC Andwar El Sadat, El Fatem missile corvette and missile patrolman Mahmoud Fahny. The Panther helicopter of the 35F flotilla as well as the Cayman and the Gazelle of the 1st combat helicopter regiment (1st RHC) aboard the BPC Tonnerre, thus made several series of “Touch and…

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Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 Concludes

Sailors from the U.S. Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy and German Navy completed a week-long Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM) training evolution as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), Oct. 23. The combined ExMCM force had members from the Royal Netherlands Navy Defense Dive Group Very Shallow Water (VSW) Dive Platoon, German Navy Mine Clearance Diving Company and U.S. Navy ExMCM Company 202, a combined unit comprised of Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 MCM platoon, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 unmanned systems platoon and the…

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Hurricane IRMA: French Navy committed to the armed forces in the West Indies

With the aim of helping the population as quickly and efficiently as possible, the French Navy is helping to mobilize material and human resources in Saint Martin and Guadeloupe following Hurricane Irma. Two Falcon 50s from the French Navy were mobilized. Several reconnaissance flights have already taken place to carry out observation and damage assessment missions. They will ensure that landing areas for helicopters and access to ports are suitable for use in emergency operations. The surveillance frigate (FS) Ventôse, with a Panther helicopter on board, sail from Fort-de France…

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FS La Gracieuse Final Departure From Guyana

On August 11, 2017, the patrol vessel (P400), La Gracieuse, dropped its moorings and left its port base in Dégrad-des-Cannes before the eyes of the entire Armed Forces community in Guyana (FAG) families. Stationed in Guyana from 1996 to 2005, and from 2010 to 2017, the patroller will have spent 16 years in the turbid waters of Guyana, fueled by the Amazonian current, ensuring the safety of the European spaceport and the preservation of fishery resources. Prior to departure, Air Force General Pierre-Jean Dupont, Senior Commander of the Armed Forces…

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FS Provence Patrol in the Eastern Mediterranean

Google Translation April 3, 2017 – The multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Provence sailed a month ago from Brest to join the east of the Mediterranean and to raise the frigate Montcalm in Operation Chammal. This deployment, which contributes to the appreciation of the situation on the Levant theater, also offers the opportunity to train with the riparian and allied navies operating in the region of the Syrian channel. Following an operational break in Larnaca, Provence set sail on 22 March and conducted a search and rescue exercise for shipwrecked vessels in…

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EFS: meeting on the high seas: “HMS Portland, this is French Falcon 50 … radio check”

March 3, 2017 – It is off the Cape Verde Islands that two cooperation flights took place on 19 and 21 February 2017 between the French and British forces. The Falcon 50  (F50) maritime reconnaissance and patrol aircraft of the 24F fleet , prepositioned in Dakar within the French Elements in Senegal (EFS), is used for maritime rescue alert missions. It was this time The advanced eye of the English frigate HMS Portland for nearly three days. Providing forward vision to a ship or force, establishing the surface situation, transferring contacts of interest to voice or network, sending photos in real…

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Aeronautical Qualifications aboard Dixmude

Google Translation February 15, 2017 – From 30 January to 3 February 2017, the projection and command vessel (BPC) Dixmude has tested its air and amphibious capabilities off the Var coast. For a week, the 3rd and 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (RHC), 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (RHFS), and Transport Squadron (ET) 60 and Helicopter Squadron EH) 03.067 have followed an intensive training and qualification rhythm. In total, the 44 pilots on board carried out on average 30 flights per day allowing the Dixmude to deliver as many qualifications in…

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