Chinese AGI Takes Up Station off Western Australia

Defence announces May 13th a People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Intelligence Collection Vessel operating off the north-west shelf of Australia. Defence can confirm the vessel is a PLA-N, Dongdiao Class intelligence ship named Haiwangxing. The Haiwangxing travelled down the west coast of Australia to the vicinity of Exmouth, before changing course to track east along the north-west coast. Defence is actively…

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Russian Flotilla Enters Indian Ocean

A detachment of ships of the Pacific Fleet (PACIFIC Fleet) as part of the Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, a large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs and a large sea tanker Boris Butoma, having passed the Strait of Malacca, went to the Indian Ocean. The ships of the Pacific Fleet went on a long voyage a few days before…

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Chevalier Paul Trains With Indian Armed Forces

Deployed in the Indian Ocean since the beginning of November, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul has participated in a series of high-level exercises off India with the Indian armed forces. On November 16 and 17, 2021, Chevalier Paul notably participated in two air defense exercises with the Indian Air Force and the French forces stationed in the United…

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Indian Ocean Drug Seizures by FS Floréal & Chevalier Paul

Respectively integrated and placed in support of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), the Floréal Surveillance Frigate (FS) and the Chevalier Paul Air Defense Frigate (FDA) have recently carried out major drug seizures. These operations demonstrate the importance of the French contribution within the framework of the CTF 150 which fights against illicit trafficking which contributes to the financing…

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Maritime Partnerships Strengthened

The Royal Australian Navy this month joined key partners Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom for the Maritime Partnership Exercise in the Indian Ocean. Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat took part in the complex multi-domain training, held in the Bay of Bengal from October 15-18, with ships and aircraft from the participating nations. Commander of the Australian Fleet Rear…

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FS Champlain Taking Part in IFREMER in the Indian Ocean

After a first phase of mission marked by the fisheries police and the fight against drug trafficking, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain on a surveillance mission in this part of the Indian Ocean took advantage of a passage to Mayotte to embark three scientists from the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER). IFREMER…

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FGS Bayern Trains With Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) units conducted a bilateral exercise with the Germany Navy in order to strengthen cooperation and contribute to a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with the Germany Navy 2. Date September 24 3. Exercise Area East of India 4. Participating units (1)…

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Four French Ships Train in Southern Indian Ocean

From August 30 to September 5, four ships of the Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean Zone (FAZSOI) took advantage of a joint period of deployment to conduct specific operational readiness activities. This mutual training was organized in two phases. Between August 30 and September 1, the surveillance frigates (FS) Floréal and Nivôse as well as the patrol vessel…

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