Mistral Returns to Toulon

March 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed on the Corymbe 145 mission in the Gulf of Guinea since 21 January, the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral has found its port in Toulon after 54 days of absence. During the 33 days at sea, the Mistral has traveled 10 085 nautical miles, largely escorted by Commander Birot . The PHA has had many interactions with the navies of the riparian countries. In total, 5 joint patrols were conducted with Senegal, Togo, Gabon and Morocco, demonstrating a high level of cooperation not only…

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Mistral Stops in Morocco

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – After leaving the Corymbe mission in the Gulf of Guinea, the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral , making its way to its port-base Toulon, made a stopover of a few days in Morocco and a joint training with the Moroccan Navy, before to welcome on his flight deck American aircraft. The stopover in Agadir, the first of a French building for eight years, was an opportunity to meet the local military and civil authorities during many official activities, highlighting the Franco-Moroccan cooperation in the naval…

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Jeanne d’Arc 2019 Deployed

March 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 25 February 2019, the Amphibious Helicopter Carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the Fregate (FLF) La Fayette set sail for the Jeanne d’Arc 2019 mission, with on board 130 student officers who, for five months, prepare for their future responsibilities aboard the units of the French Navy. The departure ceremony was presided over by General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, who spoke directly to the student officers and recalled the stakes of the mission: ” A mythical mission, which is in…

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French Training Squadron Visits Gabon

March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Currently deployed as part of the Corymbe mission, the Task Group 451.04 composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral and the high-seas patrol boat Commander Birot made a stopover in Gabon. While participating in the regeneration of the two ships and crews, the few days at the dock in Port-Gentil have consolidated the ties that bind France and Gabon in terms of maritime safety. The highlight of the Task Group’s presence in Gabon was the organization on 18 February of a VIP Day that…

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2019 Departs Toulon

February 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, presided on Monday, February 25, 2019, the departure ceremony of the group “Jeanne d’Arc 2019”, composed of PHA Tonnerre and FLF La Fayette with on board, 130 student officers. This five-month operational deployment will take them from Toulon to the Caribbean via the Suez Canal, the Indian Ocean and the Cape of Good Hope. During the fitting-out ceremony of the “Jeanne d’Arc 2019” group, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces reminded the…

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CORYMBE: Dakar stopover and maritime patrol with Senegal

February 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – Left from Toulon on January 21st, Task Group 451.04, composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral and the high-sea patrol officer (PHM) Commander Birot, arrived in Dakar on January 30th. The mission relief Corymbe of the High Seaman Commandant Blaison was formalized during the ” transfer of authority ” (TOA) between the commanders of the vessels during which Captain Sebastien received the totem of the mission. The program of this first stop was dense and allowed to regenerate the buildings while supporting the…

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FS Mistral Deploys to Gulf of Guinea

January 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – Monday, January 21, the Amphibious Helicopter (PHA) Mistral sailed from Toulon to join the 145 mandate of the mission Corymbe in the Gulf of Guinea. The week before his departure was devoted to the preparation of the mission, including the finalization of its logistics dimension with many loads of food, ammunition, equipment, humanitarian freight, shipments of detachments, etc. On the occasion of a reception, whose main purpose was the wishes addressed by the commander to the families of the crew, the objectives of this…

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Portuguese Marines Embarked on FS Mistral

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Since September 2018, thirty-six Portuguese Marines have been deployed aboard the Mistral Projection and Command Building (BPC) as part of the Corymbe mission in the Gulf of Guinea. The integration of Portuguese marines into the crew of a BPC is part of an international cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. Placed under the tactical command of the commander of the Mistral, this detachment of Portuguese riflemen embarked with its armament, its equipment and its boats. It has capabilities similar to…

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Mistral and Commandant Ducuing Cooperate with Nigeria

October 31, 2018 (Google Translation) – From October 15 to 17, 2018, the Mistral Projection and Command Building (BPC) and Aviso Commandant Ducuing made a stop in Lagos, Nigeria. These two days were dedicated to the influence and the support of the diplomatic action of France in this country. French crews gave operational instructions to Nigerian seafarers in the field of safety, propulsion and combat first aid. The two ships then went back to sea with the Nigerian frigate Unity to conduct a joint training. Tactical evolutions and interactions in…

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Jeanne d’Arc 2017 Arrives in Mumbai

Google Translation April 10, 2017 – As part of the second operational release of the Jeanne d’Arc 2017 mission, Bombay opened its doors to the amphibious group consisting of the Mistral Projection and Command Building (BPC) and the Courbet Frigate Légère Furtive (FLF) . After a docking at the end of the morning, BP Mistral had the honor of welcoming high Indian authorities including Mr. Srivastava, representative of the services of the Indian Prime Minister. This meeting symbolizes the importance of the arrival of the group Joan of Arc in…

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UK maritime forces join major French deployment

March 3, 2017 – UK maritime forces are taking part in a major French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East. Around 70 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel have joined a French task group aboard the French assault ship FS Mistral for the five-month mission. It includes port calls in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Japan, Guam and Australia. Two Royal Navy Merlin Mk3 helicopters have joined the deployment, which will include amphibious exercises and defense engagement. The UK contribution to France’s annual Jeanne d’Arc naval deployment demonstrates the…

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