USS Donald Cook Visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France

August 16, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, for scheduled port visit August 14-16. The port visit is in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of Southern France — known as Operation Dragoon. Every year, mayors and civic leaders from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in Southern France request U.S. military participation to commemorate the southern landings of Aug. 15, 1944, and subsequent liberation of surrounding French communities. Seventy-five years later, the bravery and heroism by all allies on World War II continue to…

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Champlain Supplies the Malagasy Navy

July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – From July 12 to 15, 2019, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain stopped at Diego Suarez, the main city in northern Madagascar, also called Antsiranana. Diego Suarez is now the main port. of the Malagasy Navy and a regular stopover of French vessels stationed in Reunion during their patrols in the South Indian Ocean (ZSOI). On this occasion, the Champlain delivered 24 m³ of diesel fuel to Trozona , the flagship of Madagascar. This support allows him to patrol his Exclusive Economic…

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Colombian Cadet’s Academic Stay in France

July 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the internationalization activities of the Naval Academy of Cadets “Almirante Padilla”, third-year Cadet Aldair Romero Donado, made an academic stay to advance the Initial Course of Officer Training at the Naval School of France, thanks to the international agreements for academic exchange. For 17 days; the native Cadete of Barranquilla, received training in the French language and instruction in topics such as defense organization and maritime force, training for leaders, military defense zones, operational functions and dynamics of the international system.…

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Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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France shares its amphibious know-how with its allies

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – After Poland and Germany, it was France that hosted in Toulon from 20 to 25 May 2019 the NATO meeting on amphibious doctrine. Jointly organized by the Navy Staff, the Land Forces Command and the Naval Task Force Staff, the event brought together some 20 officers from NATO member countries or partners . This panel of experts called AOWG (Amphibious Operation Working Group) reflects on present and future amphibious operations and continuously develops the framework of common tactics, rules and standards allowing maximum interoperability…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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IHM Stefanini Participates in the Construction of the First Brazilian Nuclear Submarine

June 4, 2019 – IHM Stefanini is participating in the construction of Brazil’s first nuclear submarine, the SN-Álvaro Alberto. The project is part of the PROSUB (Submarine Development Program), established in 2008 by the Brazilian Federal Government through a technology transfer agreement signed between France and Brazil. Naval Group, a world reference in naval defense whose main shareholder is the French government, will coordinate the project. After a two-year long, rigorous process that consisted of the thorough analysis of technical expertise and ability to manage high-complexity project management of over…

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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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Raytheon missiles support complex NATO exercise

May 28, 2019 – Raytheon Company missiles played vital roles in the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO military exercise called Formidable Shield 2019, which took place off the coast of Scotland and included scenarios of no-notice target launches. During the event, the Standard Missile-3 was fired at a simulated target. Raytheon’s Standard Missile-2 and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile engaged targets simulating anti-ship cruise missiles. The real-world training exercise enabled Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States to improve interoperability and practice defeating…

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French Minister of the Armed Forces Pleased With Dutch/Belgian Equipment Choices

April 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the offer of the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, bringing together French industrials Naval Group and ECA Robotics, to renew the capacity of the Belgian and Dutch navies against submarine mines. The minister welcomes this cooperation of three active countries for a stronger defense Europe. This choice is a continuation of a long-standing close relationship in this field between France, Belgium and the Netherlands, since the minesweepers currently used by the Navy and the Belgian and…

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Saudi Divers Train off Toulon

March 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – A team of the Saudi Royal Navy, represented by seven divers from the School of Maritime Security Units, has achieved an international dive in the military depths (80m +), which took place in a deep diving course concluded in the Mediterranean waters near the French city of Toulon. The world level achieved this remarkable achievement after France and Spain. ​

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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“Saudi Military Industries” and “Naval” sign memorandum to establish project “Maritime Defense”

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Saudi Military Industries Company (SAMI) and France’s Naval Group, which specializes in maritime defense, have signed a memorandum of agreement under which a Saudi company in the field of Saudi maritime defense will be established. The signing of the agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition “IDEX” 2019, which was launched yesterday in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. The agreement sets out the framework for the establishment of this joint venture, in order to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s efforts to…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Toulon

February 2, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Toulon, France, Jan. 31, for a scheduled port visit. “The crew of Donald Cook is excited to enjoy some well-deserved liberty in Toulon, France,” said Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “This will give us an excellent opportunity to strengthen our relationship with France, our longtime NATO ally. Additionally, our crew is excited about enjoyed the fantastic French culture while on liberty.” Donald Cook began its eighth FDNF patrol after departing Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 19, 2018. While on patrol, Donald…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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