Charles de Gaulle Strike Group Rest Break in Cyprus

February 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – One month to the day after their departure from Toulon and after three weeks of engagement in the Inherent Resolve coalition as part of the CHAMMAL operation to combat Daesh, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , the command building and of refueling (BCR) Var , the multi-mission frigates (FREMM) Auvergne and Bretagne as well as the Greek frigate HS Psara spent a few days in operational release in Cyprus. For its part, the air defense frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul made a stopover in Haifa.

Finally, in order to ensure the permanence at sea of ​​the French presence in the eastern Mediterranean, the light stealth frigate (FLF) Surcouf continued its mission during this period.

From February 21 to 25, after the reception on board the aircraft carrier of the President of the Cypriot Republic, Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis in Limassol, the units conducted several exercises and exchanges with the Cypriot armed forces. The FREMM Bretagne, Auvergne , FLF Surcouf, BCR Var but also the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, thus carried out visits, training and exercises ( Cross deck , SAREX, dives, shooting, etc.)

Operational breaks are also an opportunity for the crews to regenerate and for the ships to refuel with food and spare parts. It is indeed necessary to replenish the food stocks in order to hold 45 days in autonomy on the buildings.

In the wake of the FLF Surcouf , FREMM Auvergne and Bretagne and the Greek HS Pasra , parties yesterday in precursor steps, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the command and supply building (BCR) Var and the air defense frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul set sail again on February 26 to tackle the second phase of the Foch mission .

After reaffirming France’s commitment to the fight against Daesh in the eastern Mediterranean, the GAN will transit the central Mediterranean to head for the Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. He will pursue in this new area the objectives of the Foch mission : to contribute to the security of Europe and to the stability of its approaches and to strengthen cooperation with France’s partners in these areas.

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