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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RFA Gold Rover performs her last replenishment at sea

February 10, 2017 – This is the sight you will never see again. Off the west coast of Africa frigate HMS Portland takes on fuel from tanker RFA Gold Rover – the very last time the oldest vessel in the Naval Service will provide ‘black gold’ to fuel front-line operations. The 11,000-tonne support vessel is due to decommission in the UK next month – 43 years after first pumping oil into the tanks of a Royal Navy warship. She’s the last of five Rover-class ships built for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary…

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