Navy to Remove Island on USS Bonhomme Richard

February 23, 2021 – As part of USS Bonhomme Richard’s (LHD 6) on-going inactivation availability, contractors will start the process of removing the ship’s island February 23. Removal of the island will improve the ship’s structural integrity and readiness for tow. The removal process will reduce the island’s height down to just above the ship’s flight deck. The salvage contractor,…

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Mine warfare: 60th Operation DAMIER

February 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – In the Brest harbor and its approaches, the 60th national mine warfare operation DAMIER was carried out despite demanding weather conditions. Under the command of CECLANT and the Mine Warfare Staff (FRMARFOR / MW), the mine hunters, the sonar towing vessels, the group of Atlantic mine clearance divers, the Preparation and Mine Warfare Operations…

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Importance of Air Resources in Operation Atalanta

February 22, 2021 – All means deployed in Operation ATALANTA bring added value for the execution of the mission depending on their characteristics. However, due to their versatility and flexibility, aerial assets are those who provide unique operational capabilities which cannot be achieved by other means. The most used aerial asset in EU NAVFOR Somalia are the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance…

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ESPS Castilla Rejoins Operation ATALANTA

February 20, 2021 – Galicia-class landing platform dock SPS Castilla , equipped with a AB212plus and a RPAS ScanEagle, joined Operation Atalanta this week. Over the next 4 months, she will be the EU NAVFOR flagship, hosting the Force Headquarters of the operation. Castilla kicks off her activities full-speed with a joint exercise with 🇯🇵JS Ariake of the Japan Maritime…

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JMSDF & USN Participate in Resilient Shield 2021

February 22, 2021 – U.S. and Japan Self Defense Force will participate in Resilient Shield 2021 from February 22-26, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. Naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs)…

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Jeanne d’Arc 2021 Begins

February 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 18, 2021, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the type frigate La Fayette Surcouf , constituting the Marine Officers Application School Group (GEAOM), set sail from Toulon for the JEANNE D’ARC mission. On board, 147 officers in training at the Naval Academy begin the application campaign that will allow them to…

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NATO ASW Exercise Dynamic Manta Underway

February 22, 2021 – NATO exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA21) began on Monday, 22 February 2021 off the Sicilian coast. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from eight Allied nations are converging in the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. “The strength of NATO military forces is found in our command, control and communication…

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