Operation Tessito in Fight Against Illegal Fishing

October 7, 2019 – With the FALCON 50 maritime surveillance aircraft, the French elements in Senegal provide active support to maritime operations controlled from Brest by the Commander of the Atlantic Maritime Area (CECLANT). They aim to support the Gulf of Guinea countries in terms of State action at sea, in accordance with the Yaoundé process, in the fight against drug trafficking, arms trafficking and fisheries control. Support for the action of African patrol boats in the fight against illegal fishing From 22 to 27 September 2019, the FALCON 50…

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Second Falcon 50M Equipped with a Release Hatch

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On July 25, 2019, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) has received in Merignac (Gironde) the second Falcon 50 Ms equipped with a rescue hatch of marine rescue equipment. The Navy has an air surveillance and maritime intervention fleet composed of five Falcon 200 Gardian based in the Pacific, and eight Falcon 50M based on the Naval Aviation bases of Lann-Bihoué, Hyères and Dakar (Senegal). The Falcon 50M fleet is divided into four Falcon 50 Mi *, capable of dropping “Search and Rescue” (SAR)…

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Navy opens for European Heritage Days 2019

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The 36 th edition of the European Heritage Days will be held on 21 and 22 September on the European theme “Arts and Entertainment”. Many sites of the Navy open to the public during these two days. In the Atlantic region, the naval base of Brest, the maritime prefecture, the castle and the museum of the Navy welcome visitors. The Pégase mine hunter and the Belle-Poule sailboat will be open to the public. In the Mediterranean region, the Marine Museum, Fort Lamalgue, Fort Balaguier…

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Atlantique 2 Operations During Operation Chammal

September 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Engaged at the proposed air base (BAP) in the Levant in the “support” pillar of the Chammal operation, the Atlantic Marine 2 detachment of the French Navy actively participated in the fight against Daech during a recent 8-hour mission. On the eve of the mission, Lieutenant Laurent, Captain of the Atlantic 2 Detachment and Captain, assembled the crew for the pre-flight briefing. In support of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), a BAP Rafale strike is scheduled to destroy a cache used by a terrorist…

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Death of Admiral Louzeau

September 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – Former Chief of Staff of the Navy and 1st Commander of France’s first nuclear submarine-launcher (SNLE): The Redoutable, Admiral Bernard Louzeau died on the night of 5-6 September 2019. The Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of the Naval Staff pays tribute to him ” 1st commander of the Redoutable, CEMM from 1987 to 90, he built the navy today. His penetrating intelligence, his strategic vision, the quality of his commandment have marked those who served him. It will remain an example and a reference. ”…

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French Navy Helicopters Assist in Firefighting in Tahiti

August 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 24 to 26 August 2019, at the request of the High Commission of the Republic in French Polynesia, the Armed Forces in French Polynesia (FAPF) fought, in connection with the civil security forces, against a forest fire on the Heights of Paea, on the west coast of Tahiti. The Dauphin helicopters from Flotilla 35F were therefore engaged to fight against this fire. On this occasion, they implemented an optional tank, the Bambi bucket, installed under the fuselage of the aircraft and specifically designed for this type of intervention. The first…

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Six Military Interventions in French Polynesia

August 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – From August 5th to 9th, the Armed Forces in French Polynesia had a particularly busy week. Indeed, they carried out no less than 5 medical evacuations and were also involved in a search mission for a lost hiker. On August 6, the Dauphin helicopter from the Flotilla 35F detachment was engaged for medical evacuation on Bora Bora Island, 250 km from Tahiti. The mission made it possible to repatriate a person suffering a stroke as soon as possible. On August 7, a similar mission…

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HMS Medway Shadows RFS Marshal Ustinov

August 16, 2019 – The Royal Navy has kept a permanent eye on the second Russian warship to sail through the Channel in a week. HMS Medway followed the progress of veteran cruiser Marshal Ustinov as she sailed from the North Sea, past Dover and into the Channel. The brand-new patrol ship – on her first mission – was dispatched from Portsmouth to spend 36-hours monitoring the Ustinov before handing over to the Marine Nationale as the Russian warship continued south past France. The Ustinov’s journey is the latest activity…

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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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French Navy Trains With US Marines

July 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed since February 25, 2019, Joan of Arc Group has leveraged its passage to the United States to conduct operational readiness activities June 27 to 29, 2019 with the US Marines at Camp Lejeune and means of the US Navy based in Norfolk. For three days, the sailors participated in a high intensity exercise with the US Navy named Semper Thunder . They were able to demonstrate complete interoperability with their counterparts. Among the various interactions, we find: beach reconnaissance, amphibious actions and aerocombat.…

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France Begins Installation of FDI Frigate Platform

June 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – The FDI (Frigate Defense and Intervention) program has just reached a new milestone with the installation of the first component of the evaluation platform ashore of its sensors and its combat system. The base of the mast was delivered and installed on the site of Saint-Mandrier (Var) of DGA Naval Techniques mid-May 2019. The package of 8m x 8m x 7m and 23 tons has transited by sea between Lorient and Toulon then landed at the port of Le Canier and then transferred by…

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CHENS 2019: meeting of European navies

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 9 and 10 May, the Chief of the Navy and his European counterparts met in Lisbon. Initiated in 1990, the Chiefs of the European Navies Symposium (CHENS) meets each year with the chiefs of staff of the European navies, members of the European Union or NATO, as well as representatives of the European Military Staff ( EUMS) of the NATO International Staff (IMS) and US Navy Command in Europe and Africa (US NAVEUR-NAVAF) as observer. The 2019 edition, whose presidency was entrusted to…

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India & France ASW Exercise Varuna 19.2

May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 22 to 25 May 2019, the Varuna 19.2 anti-submarine warfare exercise brought together a Navy attack submarine (SNA) of the French Navy currently deployed in the Indian Ocean and an Indian Navy submarine. . Organized under the operational control of ALINDIEN, this exercise was an opportunity to strengthen our capabilities for joint action in a critical and strategic area while demonstrating the high level of interoperability achieved. This major training has accumulated more than 35 hours of submarine combat. The higher level exercises…

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Mission Clemenceau: Two sailors of the aircraft carrier in the spotlight

May 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Two sailors from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , Master Jonathan from Chaufferies and Master Kevin from Propulsion received a congratulatory letter from the commander on May 9 for saving the life of a six-year-old Indian boy who was drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel. After several weeks of mission between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, the aircraft carrier was in Goa at the beginning of May for an operational break and to start the dock phase of the Franco-Indian Varuna…

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FS Seine Delivered March 7th

April 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Directorate General of Armament (DGA) has just received at the naval base of Toulon Seine , third building support and metropolitan assistance (BSAM) a program of four ships for the Navy. After admission to the active service of the Loire in July 2018 and the Rhone in January, the Seine should be admitted to active service in 2019, after a long-term deployment. . This new building reinforces and modernizes the capabilities of the French Navy. Extremely versatile ship, the BSAM is designed to…

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