Auvergne Takes Part in NATO Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2022

On February 19, 2022, the Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Auvergne sailed from Toulon towards Sicily, as part of the DYNAMIC MANTA 2022 exercise. Organized by NATO from February 21 to March 4, DYNAMIC MANTA 2022 is a high-level anti-submarine warfare exercise that brings together units from nine allied nations (France, Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United United States, Germany, United Kingdom)…

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Babcock Awarded New Zealand Defence Force Contract

Babcock has been awarded a further seven and a half year Maritime Fleet Sustainment Service contract by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), further strengthening its relationship with the Royal New Zealand Navy. As the Strategic Maritime Partner to the NZDF, Babcock will provide asset management services, including engineering, project management, production and operational support, to the entire Royal New…

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Russia & Ukraine are 14.5% of Global Shipping Workforce

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing 80% of the worlds merchant fleet, has warned of supply chain disruption should the free movement of Ukrainian and Russian seafarers be impeded. The Seafarer Workforce Report, published in 2021 by BIMCO and ICS, reports that 1.89 million seafarers are currently operating over 74,000 vessels in the global merchant fleet. Of this total…

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USS Firebolt Crew Marks End of Ship’s Service

USS Firebolt (PC 10) crewmembers marked the end of the patrol coastal ship’s U.S. Navy service during a decommissioning ceremony Feb. 23 at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The nearly 27-year-old ship was one of 10 patrol craft currently forward-deployed to the Middle East in support of regional maritime security operations. Firebolt commissioned in June 1995 and began conducting routine coastal…

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NATO Statement on Russia’s Unprovoked Attack on Ukraine

I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which puts at risk countless civilian lives. Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has chosen the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent country. This is a grave breach of international law, and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. I call…

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US Turns Over Four Cessna Planes to Philippine Navy

On February 10, the United States turned over four Cessna 172 Skylark planes to the Philippine Naval Air Wing based in Sangley Point, Cavite as part of a Php298.1 million ($5.8 million) grant under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program. The Cessna planes will be used to train new naval aviators, as well as to maintain the capabilities of current…

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France Took Part in International Maritime Exercise

The International Maritime Exercise (IMX22) took place in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean from January 31 to February 18, 2022. Hosted by the United States Fifth Fleet Command (C5F ), it brought together nine thousand sailors from sixty different nations and international organizations, engaged on board more than 30 ships. Following different operational scenarios, the participants conducted…

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