Abraham Lincoln CSG Transits Suez Canal

May 9, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (ABECSG) transited the Suez Canal, May 9. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) departed the U.S. 6th Fleet and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. ABECSG has been conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for several weeks, but expedited their transit to U.S.…

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Admiral Gorshkov Transits Suez Canal Enroute to China

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, a detachment of ships and ships to support the Northern Fleet as part of the frigate Admiral of the Soviet Fleet Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics ship Elbrus and the rescue tug Nikolay Chiker completed the transfer from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea through the Suez Canal. The passage of the Northern Fleet detachment along the canal took several hours, during which the main task was to ensure the safe maneuvering of the frigate and support vessels in conditions of intensive navigation. During…

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Binational Mistral Transit of Suez Canal

Google Translation On February 25th, the “Tonere” projection and command building (BPC) and its Egyptian sistership the BPC “Anwar El Sadat” traveled together the Suez Canal between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. They were escorted respectively by the Gowind “El Fateh”, which led the march, and by the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) “Chevalier Paul”. This is the first time that two PCBs have been traveling in the same convoy via the Suez Canal. This joint crossing marked for the amphibious task group 473.01 (composed of the two ships…

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Franco-Egyptian operational training in the Red Sea

Google Translation On the return transit of her first operational deployment, the Auvergne frigate conducted a series of exercises with Egyptian Navy vessels in the Red Sea. Auvergne and patrol boats of type 148 “October 21 (in reference to the revolt of Cairo against Bonaparte, October 21, 1798) and April 25 (in reference to the return of Sinai by Israel, April 25, 1982), were found off the eastern coast of Egypt for a day of joint exercises. After a shot on floating goal, the visiting team of 21 October came…

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RFA Fort Rosalie Begins Middle East Mission

Approaching the imposing span of the Suez Canal Bridge is the oldest ship in the Naval Service, ready to begin a six-month stint supporting Allied warships in the Gulf region. RFA Fort Rosalie – like RFA Fort Victoria whom she replaces – plays a key role in sustaining the constant fight against terrorism/drug trafficking/piracy/smuggling east of Suez. Warships assigned to the two task groups patrolling the Indian Ocean – including frigate HMS Monmouth at present – are expected to cover an area the size of Western Europe looking for suspicious…

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Vitse Admiral Kulakov Port Call at Alexandria

Major ASW ship Vitse Admiral Kulakov having a long-distance mission in the remote ocean zone passed the Suez Canal and entered the Alexandria port (Egypt). This is her third stopover in the foreign port since the beginning of the mission. Earlier, the major ASW ship Vitse Admiral Kulakov entered Limassol (Cyprus) and Salalah (Oman) for supply replenishment. During the next few days the personnel will replenish food and water supplies. Besides, the seamen will have time for a short rest. After the stopover, the Northern Fleet seamen will continue their…

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Egypt was not destination of North Korean arms: Spokesman

The Foreign Ministry on Monday 2/10/2017 denied that a shipment of weapons from North Korea was destined for Egypt, as reported in The Washington Post. “Egyptian authorities indeed intercepted a ship flying the Cambodian flag before it entered the southern entrance of the Suez Canal, following information that it was carrying anti-tank rockets from North Korea in violation of (UN Security Council) sanctions,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement sent to AFP. “Egyptian authorities indeed confiscated the shipment and destroyed it in the presence of a…

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USS Bataan Enters U.S. 6th Fleet

USS Bataan (LHD 5), flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), and the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Sept. 3, after nearly six months of routine operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. While in the Middle East, the BATARG provided critical crisis response across the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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Cooperation between the Surcouf and the Egyptian Navy

Google Translation   April 11, 2017 – During its transit to the Indian Ocean, the frigate Surcouf conducted a series of exercises with Egyptian naval vessels, deployed around the Nasser projection and command building (BPC) . The Surcouf and the Nasser , accompanied by a frigate and a patroller of the Egyptian navy, carried out tactical evolutions followed by aviation maneuvers. The 36F Panther helicopter aboard the French frigate made several series of ” Touch and Go ” before landing on board the Nasser . The aviation teams of the…

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