French Elements in Gabon Support MEGALOPS III Exercise

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 June 2019, the Megalops III / African Nemo 19.3 exercise took place in Gabon. Initiated by France and supported by an operational training detachment of the French elements in Gabon (EFG), this exercise to control the maritime area of ​​the Gulf of Guinea allows the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ) to practice coping with frequent situations in the region. For the third edition, the regional operational command and coordination bodies had to deal with…

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U.S. Coast Guard, Gulf of Guinea Partners Conduct Joint Law Enforcement Operations

July 6, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Ghana Navy and Air Force, and Togolese Navy conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, June 10-30, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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USCG Conducts Joint Law Enforcement Operations with African Partners in Gulf of Guinea

May 10, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Nigerian Navy, and Cabo Verdean Coast Guard conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, April 9-May 2, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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LV Le Hénaff Participates in Exercise Obangame Express

April 4, 2019 – As part of the 146th Corymbe mission, the high-seas patrol vessel LV Le Hénaff, deployed in the Gulf of Guinea, recently participated in the exercise “Obangame Express” organized by the United States. This exercise allowed the local navies to perfect their know-how in the conduct of a visit operation. Taking on the role of plastron, Le Hénaff was able to work the procedures and techniques of visit with the Senegalese, Gambian and Guinean navies. The vessel and its crew were able to enhance their interoperability with…

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Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Rescues Sea Turtles in Gulf of Guinea

March 27, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC 910) rescued two loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Guinea while conducting routine training in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, March 23, 2019. A Coast Guarsdman standing watch spotted the sea turtles tangled in a commercial fishing net. The officer of the deck instructed crew members to deploy a small boat crew to safely cut the distressed turtles free of the net. “I was able to work with my fellow crew members to help save not one but…

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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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Serviola Deploys to Gulf of Guinea

March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – The tall patrol boat “Serviola” has sailed today from its base in Ferrol to the Gulf of Guinea. In its four months of deployment, divided into three phases, the vessel will remain integrated into the operational structure of the Armed Forces. The first of the phases that will last until the end of March, will include the transit to the Gulf of Guinea and will include activities of Cooperative Security with the navies of Mauritania and Cape Verde. In the second phase, the vessel…

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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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Commandant Blaison cooperates with the seascapes of the Gulf of Guinea

January 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – For more than a month, the high-sea patrol officer (PHM) Commander Blaison has been deployed in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the 144th mandate of the Corymbe mission. After leaving the port of Tema, Ghana, where he had docked for a stopover at Christmas, Blaison conducted a joint one-day operational patrol with a Ghanaian naval patrol boat. The main objective of these patrols is to strengthen the operational capacities of the Yaoundé process by optimizing the cross-coordination between their maritime components at…

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Centinela Returns to Ferrol From Gulf of Guinea Patrol

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The “Centinela” patrol boat has completed its African deployment, returning this morning to its home port in Ferrol. His arrival at the Military Arsenal has been presided by the Admiral of the Maritime Action Force, Vice Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa. The ship started the African Deployment on August 16, starting from Ferrol towards the Gulf of Guinea. In these 4 months, the “Sentinel” has visited 10 African countries (Mauritania, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Morocco) where…

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Closing of the “Grand African Nemo” exercise 2018

November 29, 2018 (Google Translation) – After seven days, the Grand African Nemo exercise in which the Mistral projection and command building (BPC) and the surveillance frigate (FS) Ventôse took place, was completed on 10 November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire . The co-operation of the coastal navies as maritime security centers of the Gulf of Guinea made this first edition of the exercise a success. In total, Grand African Nemo completed 27 scenarios, from Cape Verde to Angola, involving 21 units at sea as well as 5 aircraft. The exercise…

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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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Exercise Grand African NEMO

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The wishes expressed during the 3rd symposium on maritime safety in the Gulf of Guinea applied concretely at sea. The Navy is currently participating alongside 15 African navies in the 1st edition of the ” Grand African NEMO ” exercise . This annual exercise strengthens the momentum for a truly maritime community in the Gulf of Guinea that can fight to maintain security in this area of ​​the globe. It complements the “African NEMO” exercises, conducted 5 to 6 times a year, in a…

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ESPS Centinella Deploys to Gulf of Guinea Patrol

August 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – Last Thursday, August 16, the tall patrol Centinella sailed from the dock number 2 of the Military Arsenal of Ferrol, to begin her deployment on the west coast of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. The act of farewell was presided over by the Commander of the Units of the Maritime Action Force in Ferrol, Captain Jose Fernando Suarez Fonseca. With this deployment, the navy vessel intends to reinforce the maritime security activities in the area, as well as the capacities of the coastal…

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