Review of the first phase of the naval group’s participation in Operation CHAMMAL

April 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – The CLEMENCEAU 21 mission foresees the two-time integration of the Naval Air Group (GAN) formed around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Operation CHAMMAL, the French component of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR). The first part of this support for the forces engaged in the Levant was held from the Arabian Gulf, from 24…

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Communist China Slams European Naval Deployments to the South China Sea

April 26, 2021 – Concerning the EU’s statement on the South China Sea, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) said on April 24 that the destabilizing factors and security risks in the South China Sea mainly come from outside the region, and the South China Sea should not become a tool for certain countries to…

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France Orders MICA NG for Rafale Fighters

March 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the order by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) on March 5, 2021 from the company MBDA, of 367 new generation combat and self-defense interception missiles (Mica NG). They will be delivered between 2028 and 2031. Currently under development, the Mica NG will renew the medium-range…

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Charles De Gaulle Strike Group Deploys

February 23, 2020 (Google Translation) – Formed around the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, the carrier strike group (GAN) taking the name of Task Force (TF) 473, set sail on February 21, 2021 from the Toulon naval base (BN) to lead the CLEMENCEAU 21 mission . A major pillar of the French naval force, the GAN is made up…

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Lubeck Home From Charles de Gaulle Escort

April 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the frigate “Lübeck” will return to the naval base Wilhelmshaven after almost two months. It was part of the multinational aircraft carrier association “Mission Foch” around the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”. In the East Atlantic and the North Sea, the participating frigates, destroyers and supply ships had…

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BNS Leopold I Completes Three Week Inclusion in Mission Foch

April 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – For three weeks, the Belgian frigate Léopold 1er actively contributed to the protection and escort of the carrier strike group (GAN) deployed around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle during the Foch mission. The opportunity to draw up a particularly qualitative assessment of its integration for the benefit of security and the operational missions…

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Charles de Gaulle Air Group Trains With Dutch F-16s and F-35s

April 3, 2020 (Google Translation) – From 23 to 27 March, the “Frisian Resilience” exercise took place during which the carrier strike group and its Dutch partners reinforced their interoperability during high-level tactical training. Born of a strong Franco-Dutch desire to strengthen cooperation between their armed forces after the cancellation of the combined exercise Frisian Flag, the exercise Frisian Resilience…

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France Praises Blas de Lezo Escort of Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle

March 26 2020 (Google Translation) – Having joined the carrier strike group’s European escort at the start of March as part of the Foch mission , the Spanish frigate Blas de Lezo is helping to protect the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and is helping to establish an assessment of situation in the Atlantic and North Sea. Its integration into…

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Charles de Gaulle Rafales Train With Danish, Dutch and Swedish Fighters

March 25, 2020 (Google Translation) – On March 19, 20 and 21, pilots of the French Navy belonging to the on-board air group (GAé) carried out a series of interactions with the Danish, Dutch and Swedish air forces, over the North Sea. The Foch mission led by the carrier strike group formed in Task Force 473 around the aircraft carrier…

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