Russian SU-35 Intercept of a P-8A Over the Mediterranean Sea

June 4, 2019 – On June 4, 2019, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-35 three times over the course of 175 minutes. The first and third interaction were deemed safe. The second interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-35 conducting a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk. The crew of the P-8A reported wake turbulence following the second interaction. The duration of…

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Sixth Fleet Commander Visits FS Charles de Gaulle

March 8, 2019 – The U.S. 6th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, at the invitation the operational commander for the Mediterranean, Vice Adm. Charles-Henri du Ché, visited the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle March 7 as the ship and its carrier strike group (CSG) began its long-planned deployment. While on board, Franchetti toured the ship, observed flight operations, and received a presentation on the integration of U.S. and partner forces with the French CSG during the Charles de Gaulle’s major naval deployment. “I greatly appreciate Vice Adm.…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcement

October 31, 2017 – Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nomination: Navy Rear Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe, Naples, Italy. Franchetti is currently serving as chief of staff, J5, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

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