February 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – A month after the departure of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly went on board on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 while it is deployed with its carrier strike group (GAN) in the eastern Mediterranean in the part of the Chammal fight against terrorism operation, French part of the Inherent resolve operation .
Welcomed by Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of the Naval Staff, the Minister of the Armed Forces addressed the sailors of GAN to whom she reminded the primary objective of the Foch deployment: ” Chasing the shadow that still envelops the Levant, and which weighs on Europe. Annihilate Daesh and do it sustainably. Let us never forget: the fight against terrorism is our priority.”
After a presentation of the mission and numerous discussions with the crew, Florence Parly was able to express to the sailors of the aircraft carrier and the carrier strike group the importance of their participation in Operation Chammal , the French component of the international coalition against terrorism. “You are on the front line. You are in contact. You are the flag of freedom, the one who never submits and who fights fiercely to prosper “she said, emphasizing particularly the commitment of the sailors and” the essential and essential element of the international coalition against “Daesh” that is the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his escort, a real power projection tool, with “an unparalleled strike force.”
In addition to its participation in the Chammal mission, the naval aviation group contributes in the eastern Mediterranean to the autonomous assessment of the situation in this area of strategic interest. This interest embodied by the presence of the aircraft carrier; the Minister of the Armed Forces also recalled in her speech: “France protects its children; France protects Europe […] it is also a signal of peace that our presence in the eastern Mediterranean projects. At the crossroads of this old world, of this shimmering sea, we maintain a permanent presence, we carry this freedom dear to all sailors: that of sailing […] it is our vision of Europe, which must be made of solidarity.”
The carrier strike group, currently made up of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the on-board air group, the FDA Chevalier Paul , the FREMM Auvergne and Bretagne , the FLF Surcouf , the tanker Var and a nuclear submarine of attack, left Toulon on January 21 for the Foch mission. He is currently integrating an American frigate, the USS Ross, and a Greek frigate, the Psara. Together they participate in cooperation actions with France’s partner countries. The GAN will continue its mission in the Atlantic and then in the North Sea to maintain the very high level of interoperability with our European and NATO partners. He will then integrate German, Belgian, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese frigates into his escort.