Croix du Sud Trains With Swedish Navy

October 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 30 September 2019, the Croix du Sud tripartite mine hunter deployed in the Baltic Sea for a month, conducted a series of exercises off Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Navy’s H(SW)MS Trossö . The purpose of these common exercises was to enhance interoperability between the two Allied navies while providing quality crew training. The H(SW)MS Trossö , a 72m long multi-purpose vessel with a crew of 64 sailors, had just joined the NORTHERN COASTS 2019 international exercise , like the Southern Cross…

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FS La Motte-Picquet & Croix du Sud in Exercise Northern Coasts 2019

September 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – For almost two weeks, from 6 to 18 September 2019, the Allied navies trained in the Baltic Sea as part of a scenario created from scratch. The Task Force 356 was established as part of the year “NOCO19” Northern Coasts 2019 . The international exercise was organized by Germany and brought together allied countries of the zone (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden). The aim was twofold: to operate as a task force set up in a…

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Franco-Dutch Cooperation in the North Sea

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – From August 29 to September 3, 2019, the Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) Croix du Sud trained with the two Dutch CMTs, the HLNMS Makkum and the HLNMS Zierikzee . Operational readiness began at Den Helder, where the ships were docked – the northernmost port of the province of North Holland, part of the “Stelling van Den Helder” line of defense built during Napoleon’s time . After their departure from Den Helder on August 30, 2019, the French and Dutch sailors spent four days tirelessly…

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FS La Motte Picquet and Croix du Sud in Exercise Tamoure off Belle-Ile

June 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 4 to 7 June 2019, the Southern Cross Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) , escorted by the anti-submarine frigate (FASM) La Motte-Piquet participated in an advanced training “Tamouré” off Belle-Ile. Prepared by the naval force headquarters staff, this training aims to implement weapons in operational situations in order to test the internal organizations of the buildings. The behavior of crews is evaluated in a context of uncertainty, discomfort and stress during this training and also tests their ability to respond to different threats they…

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Amphibious forces join for major exercise

Navy’s amphibious focus has shifted into top gear with two Task Groups now deployed across the region. While the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group continues its successful deployment in the South West Pacific, a major exercise has concluded off the north Queensland coast. Exercise SEA EXPLORER was one of a series of exercises, providing an opportunity for both Navy and Army to participate in community events in the town of Bowen. Amphibious operations are among the most complex, required for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, non-combatant evacuation, and joint combat operations.…

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