FS Cassard Makes Second Drug Bust During CTF 150 Deployment

February 25, 2019 – More success for the French Navy as French Ship (FS) Cassard seized and destroyed 2,031 kg of hashish in the northern Arabian Sea in international waters off the coast of Oman on 22nd February, 2019. This marks the second successful boarding for FS Cassard while operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. On 31st January 2019, FS Cassard seized and destroyed over 665 kg of heroin during CTF 150 focused operation MARHABA. On this occasion, FS Cassard spotted and contacted a suspicious dhow…

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FS Cassard Makes Port Call in Mumbai

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate (AAF), deployed in the Indian Ocean, docked at the Naval Base in Mumbai, India. Symbol of increased cooperation between Paris and New Delhi, this French stopover is the first of a foreign building in this military base. Left Toulon November 5, the Cassard has been deployed for three months in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean under the operational command of the Commander of the Indian Ocean Zone (ALINDIEN). Before his stopover, the Cassard had…

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John C. Stennis, Cassard Complete Joint Training

January 24, 2019 – The open ocean is a vast and sometimes unpredictable area in which the world’s navies operate. Maritime forces must often rely on helping hands from allies to complete missions. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and France’s Marine Nationale F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614) culminated weeks of interoperability training with a fueling-at-sea (FAS), Jan. 21. “The Cassard was fully integrated into our strike group as a multi-warfare unit, focused on air defense,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Pia Chapman, USS…

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French Take on Cassard’s Time With Stennis CSG

January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since December 30, 2018, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate has been integrated into the Carrier Strike Group3 (CSG3) and is escorting the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN) area of ​​operations. The frigate thus participated, from 15 to 17 January 2019, in an operational preparation called Intrepid Sentinel. The maneuver included the USS aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, American frigates USS Mobile Bay and USS Spruance, Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat, and British frigate HMS Dragon. It was intended to enhance…

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Maritime Warfare Exercise Conducted by France, UK, Australia & US

January 22, 2019 – Maritime forces from France, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States participated in the maritime warfare exercise Intrepid Sentinel in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 15-17. Participating ships included France’s Marine Nationale F70AA-class air defense destroyer FS Cassard (D 614), United Kingdom’s Royal navy Daring-class air defense destroyer HMS Dragon (D 35), and Royal Australian navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and USS Spruance (DDG 111). “The exercise itself is meant to develop interoperability,…

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Joint ASW Exercise Conducted by France, Australia, US

December 19, 2018 – Maritime forces from France, Australia and the United States participated in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 195 exercise in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 14-18. Participating ships included FS Cassard (D 614), HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Spruance (DDG 111), USS Louisville (SSN 724), and USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4). Additionally, U.S. P-3C Orion aircraft and a French Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft supported the exercise from the air. “SHAREM provides a great opportunity for realistic training, strengthening the…

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Pearl of the West 2018

November 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – On November 26, 2018, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate (AAF) departed from the port of Kuwait City, where she had docked four days earlier, to begin a series of maneuvers with the Kuwaiti Navy as part of her participation in the bilateral exercise Pearl of the West. At sea, the Cassard is joined by a patrol boat, the Qarroh and two Kuwaitian speedboats, the Al-Bateel 4 and 10. The buildings are grouped in the formation ordered by the Cassard according to joint procedures before proceeding…

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FS Cassard Rescues 12 From MV Durban Queen

November 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, November 20, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate, engaged in the Arab-Persian Gulf, rescued 12 shipwrecked. In the late morning, the frigate prepares for a refueling at sea when she catches a distress message from a nearby commercial building, the Durban Queen . The ship is quickly spotted, seven nautical miles, or about 13 km. Under the operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean maritime zone, the Cassard prepares to intervene and takes off his helicopter, a Panther from the 36F flotilla,…

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GABIAN 18.3: The Fleet is Training off Toulon

September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 September 2018, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Languedoc , the anti-aircraft frigate (FAA) Cassard , the La Fayette frigate (FLF) Aconit and Surcouf , and the command and supply building (BCR) Marne participated in Gabian operational training. This quarterly training takes place in the Mediterranean and allows the different units to maintain their know-how. This edition was marked by the realization of a large variety of shots, refueling maneuvers and anti-aircraft exercises. Synergies with naval aviation have been strong thanks to…

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French Navy in Exercise SKRENVIL 2017

Google Translation April 4, 2017 – From 3 to 14 April 2017 in the Western Mediterranean, 1 000 soldiers participate in SKRENVIL operational training. This joint exercise between the Army and the Navy is designed to ensure amphibious deployment procedures. As part of this operational training, an amphibious group is deployed in the Mediterranean. It is composed of the Dixmude Projection and Command Building (BPC), Cassard ‘s Antiaircraft Frigate (FAA) , Montcalm Anti-submarine Frigate (FASM ) and the Mediterranean demining group (GPD Med). The command of the troops put ashore (Commander Landing Group / CLG) is provided at the 2 th Infantry…

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The Force Gabian 17.1

Google Translation March 17, 2017 – Nearly 1,000 soldiers serving some 20 units of the French Navy and the Air Force took part, at sea and in the air, in the first “Gabian” exercise of the year 2017. Is held in the Mediterranean from 6 to 10 March 2017. The Cassard and Jean Bart anti-aircraft frigates , the La Fayette Aconit and Surcouf frigates , the Marne command and supply building, and the Lyre and Capricorne mine fighters carried out over 250 military and logistical exercises of all types, Of…

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