Charles de Gaulle CSG in Exercise GASWEX

March 26, 2021 (Google Translation) – From March 19 to 22, 2021, the Carrier Strike Group (GAN) made up of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier of the Belgian frigate Lépold 1er , the Multi-mission Frigate (FREMM) Provence, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul and the Command and Supply Building (BCR) Var, was joined in the Arabian Sea by its American and Japanese partners to conduct the multilateral cooperation exercise GASWEX ( Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise ).

All the buildings of Task Force 473, the Japanese frigate JS Ariake , the USS Port-Royal and the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) formed around the American assault helicopter carrier USS Makin Island followed for four days exercises in multiple areas of warfare, such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and air defense. During the first phase, aimed at training the force in anti-submarine warfare, numerous and complementary means helped to make the exercise as complex and beneficial as possible. Thus, US Navy P-8 maritime patrol aircraft joined the GAN and the ARG to detect and follow the submarines present in the area, thus contributing to the realism and the tactical interest of the exercise. While the exercises of the following days focused on surface combat and air defense capabilities, US Air Force Fighting Falcon F-16 multi-role fighter jets and TF473 Marine Rafales conducted various exercises. air-to-air combat and attack of forces at sea.

“The ability to train in such realistic and complex conditions was certainly a challenge, but it also turned out to be a real opportunity. This exercise combined the capabilities of the Maritime Group and those of its US, Belgian and Japanese partners in high-spectrum operations to ensure security in areas of strategic interest where common values are at stake. ” Stressed the Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat, Commander of the GAN.

Although this exercise GASWEX is not in its first edition, it was however the first interaction of the GAN with an American amphibious group. It has proven to be of great tactical interest in a multi-struggle exercise. This path now open will increase the ability to interact between groups with complementary strengths. “Partnerships are fundamental in everything we do,” said Vice-Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander of the US Naval Forces, the US Fifth Fleet and the US Joint Maritime Force before concluding ”  the integration of processes, systems and command and control functions strengthen our relations and our mutual trust ” .

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