Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2019: Cooperation with Spanish FAMET

July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – From July 15 to 19, 2019, a detachment of the Spanish Air Force Mobile Air Forces (FAMET) joined the Task Group 625.01 of the Jeanne d’Arc 2019 mission, composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the frigate La Fayette . Two Cougar type FAMET helicopters embarked on the Thunder off Spain before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by the Task Group, which they accompanied until his return to Toulon on July 20th. This operational readiness activity aims at developing interoperability between the…

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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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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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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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CNIM Is to Equip the French Navy with 14 New Standard Amphibious Landing Craft (EDA-S)

January 21, 2019 – CNIM – in partnership with Socarenam, Mauric and CNN MCO – has been awarded the contract to replace the French Navy’s landing crafts. Fourteen new Standard Amphibious Landing Crafts (EDA-S) are to be built over a ten-year period. This contract reasserts CNIM’s status as a key partner to the French Navy and a European leader in the area of amphibious operations, supplying the complementary innovative vessels: EDA-S and EDA-R (already in service in the French Navy, designed by CNIM). [Defense] @CNIM_Group wins a European call for tenders: 14 new amphibious landing crafts…

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Charles de Gaulle Midlife Refit Completed

November 8, 2018 – The sole prime contractor for the entire mid-life refit of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, Naval Group has returned the vessel to the French Navy. The vessel will now start ramping up its systems before returning to its operational cycle. Designed and built by Naval Group and entering service in 2001, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, further to its modernization, has now entered the technological era of the 21st century. This mid-life refit included unprecedented renovations and a density of work that gave the…

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Black Olives 18: Mine Warfare Training in the Mediterranean

September 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – After a ramp-up phase to master the fundamental actions, the black olives tactical period will run until 28 September with the implementation of a crisis scenario in which the naval force will have to search, locate and neutralize exercise mines under the threat of enemies. “BLACK OLIVES 18 is a great training to improve the interoperability between the different units, key to the success of the operations ” explains the Captain Camelin who, with the staff of war of the mines of the French…

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Turia Joins SNMCMG2

September 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, September 14th, the effective incorporation of the “Turia” cazaminas has been carried out in the Permanent Grouping of Measures Against Mines nº2 (SNMCMG 2) by NATO in the Mediterranean. The ship will be three months within the operational structure of the Atlantic Alliance. The cazaminas M-34 “Turia” of the Spanish Navy departed last 10 of its base in Cartagena towards Toulon in France, to effect the integration. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the commander of the Mine Action Force, Captain Rafael…

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French Mediterranean Fleet Conduct Exercise Gabian 18.2

Google Translation From June 11 to 15, 2018, 6 naval aeronautical surface and air force combat ships train together off Toulon as part of the GABIAN collective training. The objective of this deployment is to train the crews of surface ships belonging to the Naval Action Force * and naval aircraft, and thus to allow sailors to prepare jointly for their future operational missions. It is also a means of maintaining and developing the individual and collective know-how of the sailors of each of these combat units. The program of…

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Charles de Gaulle Undocked May 16

Google Translation February 2017: after 30 rounds of the world, 41,000 catapultings and more than fifteen years of operational missions, the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” enters the basin to begin its revival in mid-life, intended to guarantee its operational excellence during the next 20 years. Leaving the basin on May 16, 2018, the site will now continue afloat for a few more months. From propulsion to the combat system, to the aircraft maintenance shops, all aircraft carrier facilities are concerned to give the aircraft carrier potential for the next…

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Castigneau Jetty Opens in Toulon

Google Translation On Friday, May 18, 2018, Vice Admiral Denis Beraud, Major General of the Navy, went to Toulon to inaugurate, with the General Engineer of Maritime Works Michel Rainero, Director of the ESID Toulon, the new Castigneau Jetty intended for the docking of the new frigates of the French Navy. This port was built under the project management of the Defense Infrastructure Service Establishment (ESID). Major challenge to take into account the scope of the work, the particular technology and significant dimensions of the wharf, this site also required…

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Binational Mistral Transit of Suez Canal

Google Translation On February 25th, the “Tonere” projection and command building (BPC) and its Egyptian sistership the BPC “Anwar El Sadat” traveled together the Suez Canal between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. They were escorted respectively by the Gowind “El Fateh”, which led the march, and by the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) “Chevalier Paul”. This is the first time that two PCBs have been traveling in the same convoy via the Suez Canal. This joint crossing marked for the amphibious task group 473.01 (composed of the two ships…

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L’Aigrette on Sea Trials

Google Translation The leadership L’Aigrette of the new tugs-pushers intended for the French Navy have started his sea trials in Toulon. Following the commissioning carried out in Nort sur Erdre at Merré shipyard, the sea trials will be finalized and the delivery would be expected in May 2018. Mass production must then begin with the commissioning and sea trials feedback integration from L’Aigrette, if necessary. Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, this 12 meters length pusher-tug can reach a speed of 8 knots and has a 10…

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Brilliant Mariner 2017

Google Translation The crisis settled in the Golfe de Noland. The maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) is deployed to defuse this situation, which involves a NATO member country with its expansionist neighbor and a terrorist group under the name of NOM, Novo Ordom Mundi. This scenario is actually the framework for the Brilliant Mariner 2017 exercise which took place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8fgXiCmTQ[/embedyt] 13 nations, 3,500 soldiers and some thirty means (surface vessels, aircraft and submarines) make up…

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NRP Dom Francisco de Almeida taking part in Exercise Brilliant Mariner

Google Translation The exercise will count with the participation of about 28 naval means, 32 aerial means and 440 military in the terrestrial environment, thus contemplating the participation of 13 countries. The Portuguese ship continues its mission integrated in the permanent naval force of NATO (Standing National Maritime Group 1 – SNMG1).

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