French Elements in Gabon Support MEGALOPS III Exercise

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 June 2019, the Megalops III / African Nemo 19.3 exercise took place in Gabon. Initiated by France and supported by an operational training detachment of the French elements in Gabon (EFG), this exercise to control the maritime area of ​​the Gulf of Guinea allows the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ) to practice coping with frequent situations in the region. For the third edition, the regional operational command and coordination bodies had to deal with…

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French Training Squadron Visits Gabon

March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Currently deployed as part of the Corymbe mission, the Task Group 451.04 composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral and the high-seas patrol boat Commander Birot made a stopover in Gabon. While participating in the regeneration of the two ships and crews, the few days at the dock in Port-Gentil have consolidated the ties that bind France and Gabon in terms of maritime safety. The highlight of the Task Group’s presence in Gabon was the organization on 18 February of a VIP Day that…

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Commandant Ducuing Returns from West Africa

November 7, 2018 (Google Translation) – Having left Toulon on August 23, 2018, Aviso Commandant Ducuing found his port base on October 30, 2018 after more than two months of operational mission in the Gulf of Guinea. This deployment within the framework of the Corymbe mission consisted of Commander Ducuing to escort the Mistral projection and command building and to maintain France’s cooperation relations with the riparian countries, while implementing the process of Yaounde. In conducting the African Nemo 18.4 exercise and carrying out cooperation actions during stopovers in Senegal,…

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Commandant Birot Shares Knowledge With Gulf of Guinea’s Navies

Google translation During the operational release of the Commandant Birot’s deep sea patrol (PHM) in Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo), the French sailors took advantage of this stopover to conduct operational training periods with the local armed forces on various themes. . Personnel from the PHM’s “security” sector thus conducted practical training on fire-fighting techniques in enclosed or semi-open environments, particularly during a firefighting exercise. At the same time, the divers aboard were able to share their know-how with their counterparts on the prevention and management of diving accidents, as well…

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Successful Obangame Express 2018 Concludes

Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, made concluding remarks in Libreville, Gabon, at the closing ceremony of Obangame Express 2018 (OE 18). Foggo participated in the Senior Leader Symposium, March 25-27 in Libreville, Gabon, and conducted meetings aboard Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). The ship worked with West African nations to counter illegal activities at sea, while expanding training opportunities and cooperation among regional maritime forces. “Based on what I have observed…

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Gabonese president hails visit by China’s hospital ship Peace Ark

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba boarded the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark that was paying a friendly visit to Gabon and spoke highly of the free medical services provided by the Peace Ark for the Gabonese people on October 7, 2017. The president also said that the first visit paid by the Chinese hospital ship to Gabon is a concrete step to implement the consensus reached by the heads of China and Gabon on elevating the bilateral relationship to comprehensive partnership and bears witness to…

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