France and Australia Consolidate Their Alliance With the Launch of Suffren

July 24, 2019 – Delegations and representatives from friendly States met in Cherbourg on July 12 at the launching ceremony of Suffren, first of class new-generation nuclear attack submarine in the Barracuda family. Linda Reynolds, the Minister for Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia, was the guest of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and came on a two-day visit that included a meeting with Florence Parly, the French Defence Minister. The subjects discussed included ways of strengthening the defence bilateral relationship, especially in the Indo Pacific. Reynolds also met the…

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First Two Combattante FS56 Launched in Cherbourg

July 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the presence of the Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Lieutenant General Fahd bin Abdullah Al Ghafaili and a number of military officials from the Saudi and French sides, the Ministry of Defense, represented by the Saudi Royal Navy, will celebrate the landing of the first and second boats of the speedboat project in the French city of Cherbourg. The agreement with CMN includes the manufacture of 39 fast boats, part in France and the other in the Kingdom. The agreement comes…

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Saphir Arrives at Cherbourg for Scrapping

July 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – Designed in the 1970s, the construction of nuclear attack submarine (SNA) was then a real challenge: to integrate a nuclear boiler on a submarine of 2500 tons. To build the smallest nuclear submarine in the world, the effort has focused mainly on nuclear propulsion. Their commissioning, in the 1980s, is a real revolution within the submarine forces by bringing an autonomy to the sea limited by the only capacity of transport of food (45 days). A few years later, there is the need to…

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DDG 132 Named for USCG World War II Navy Cross Recipient

June 6, 2019 – Secretary of the U.S. Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 132, in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Quentin Walsh, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his service during World War II. “Capt. Walsh was a hero whose efforts during World War II continue to inspire, and his leadership in securing the French port of Cherbourg had a profound effect on the success of the amphibious operations associated with Operation Overlord,” Spencer said. “For over two centuries, the Navy…

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Cooperation with the South Korean Navy School Group for the Channel Flamingo

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – Composed of a destroyer Chungmunggong Yi Sushin and a tanker Dae Cheong , the school-group of the South Korean Navy involving 600 sailors including 149 cadets made a stop from 29 October to 1 st November 2018 in Cherbourg. Equivalent to the mission Joan of Arc cadets of the Naval Academy , the Korean-school group up the challenge to discover 13 ports in 12 countries in 135 days traveling 60 000 km across the World. Historically, this is the longest deployment for the Korean…

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USS Porter Departs Cherbourg

USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Cherbourg, France, April 11, after a scheduled port visit which enhanced U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. The ships presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. During Porter’s time in Cherbourg, Sailors participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. In conjunction with the wreath-laying, Sailors were given a tour of the grounds and had the opportunity to conduct an American flag retirement ceremony as well as…

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FS Aiglette, First of 29 Pusher Tugs for French Navy, Launched by Merré Shipyard

Merré Shipyard was among the competitors of the international tender launched at the end of 2015 by the DGA, concerning the design and construction of 29 pusher-tugs for the French Navy. If Merré and CMN shipyards formed a group to win this market, it is Merré shipyard that got the leadership, since the Merré shipyard will manage the design and construction. Therefore the Merré Design Office is responsible for the design of these 29 pusher-tugs. The BMA Group, led by Moun Bourjij, President, and François Martin, Managing Director, of which…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Cherbourg

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Cherbourg, France, after a scheduled port visit Oct. 22. This was Donald Cook’s fourth port visit during their sixth forward-deployed patrol. While in Cherbourg, Donald Cook held an officer call with French officials, conducted a community relations project and received supplies. “We had a great port visit in Cherbourg,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, executive officer of Donald Cook. “The Sailors of Donald Cook showed what a true ambassador looks like and helped to strengthen our relationship with France. The crew enjoyed the rich history…

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