On the water and in the air, French military pushes back against Beijing’s South China Sea claims

South China Morning Post – France has sent warships through contested waters and will hold air exercises in the area later this year.

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

South China Morning Post – Defence ministers tell security forum they are contributing to rule-based order.

U.S./French Integrated Air Wing Helping Develop ‘One Larger Team’ to Tackle Maritime Operations

USNI News – When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Staff of the French Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck stood together on the flight deck of carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Monday, pairs of fighters flew overhead – one American F/A-18E-F Super Hornet, one French Rafale at its side.

U.S./French Integrated Air Wing Exercise Accelerates French Pilots’ Return to Sea

USNI News – Performing touch-and-go’s, catapult launches and arrested landings, French naval aviators are now qualifying aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and speeding up the timeline for their carrier to be combat ready.

French, U.S. Naval Aviators Learn to Work Together Ahead of Middle East Deployment

USNI News – Since carrier flight skills atrophy over time, French naval aviators are spending two months training with US Navy air wings so they’ll be ready for missions this summer when their carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) finishes repairs after almost two years in the yard.

Japan eyes Franco-German maritime patrol aircraft requirement despite export setbacks

Defense News – Japan is offering its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft for a Franco-German requirement for a new aircraft. The move is part of the island nation’s efforts to secure its first major arms sale since a self-imposed ban on arms exports following World War II was lifted four years ago.

France turns to plan B when missile launch fails during Syria airstrikes

Defense News – When a French multimission frigate failed to fire its salvo of three naval cruise missiles during last weekend’s joint airstrike on Syria, the military drew on a backup plan. The frigate’s sister ship, the Languedoc, instead launched its naval cruise missiles at the three Syrian targets.

Thirty Days At Sea

USNI Proceedings – From counterdrug and minesweeping operations to launching Rafale fighters from the carrier Charles de Gaulle in support of the fight against ISIL, the French Navy responds to the defense needs of the French people.

French Rafale Fighters to Deploy on Carrier USS George H.W. Bush This Spring

USNI News – France is sending 350 sailors and naval aviators to deploy with a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier this spring as their nuclear-powered carrier finishes scheduled maintenance

French amphibious carrier visits Japan ahead of Pacific show of power

Reuters – As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan’s naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China.

French Maritime Strategic Thought On the Indo-Pacific

CIMSEC – In Europe, France is distinctive in claiming that its boundaries actually extend outside Europe into the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, i.e. the ‘Indo-Pacific,’ through its overseas departments (département d’outre-mer), and overseas territories (territoire d’outre-mer), which are considered integral parts of France, and indeed thereby of the European Union. These Indo-Pacific possessions also have large Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). These give France important maritime interests to be maintained, and if need be defended, by the French Navy.

U.K., France and U.S. Agree to Increase Submarine Warfare, Aircraft Carrier Cooperation

USNI News – Naval leaders from the U.K., France and the U.S. have signed a trilateral cooperation agreement that will allow the three navies to work more closely together – especially in the realms of submarine warfare and carrier operations.

French carrier to lead joint amphibious Pacific drill in show of force aimed at China

Reuters – In a display of military power aimed at China, France will dispatch one of its powerful Mistral amphibious carriers to lead drills on and around Tinian island in the western Pacific, with Japanese and U.S. personnel and two troop-carrying helicopters sent by Britain.

Carrier Charles de Gaulle undergoing refit and upgrade

UPI – The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is in drydock in the port of Toulon for an 18-month refit and upgrade. The carrier has been in service for 15 years and the French Navy said the midlife work will extend her operational life for at least 20 more years.

French Navy’s new frigate design unveiled

Janes – The concept design for the new Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (FTI) for the French Navy was unveiled by the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on 18 October.

It’s in the mail: how submarine secrets surfaced in Australia

The Australian – It seems that the story ­behind this leak may be more incompetence than espionage. The data was removed from DCNS in Paris in 2011 by a former French Navy officer who quit the service in the early 1970s and worked for French defence companies for more than 30 years before becoming a subcontractor to DCNS.

Our French submarine builder in massive leak scandal

The Australian – The French company that won the bid to design Australia’s new $50 billion submarine fleet has suffered a massive leak of secret documents, raising fears about the future security of top-secret data on the navy’s future fleet.

French Navy Might Begin South China Sea Patrols this Year

China Topix – Warships of the French Navy (the “Marine nationale”) are expected to begin patrols of the disputed South China Sea, perhaps by as early as this year, as the government of President François Hollande seeks to enforce its defense of the rules based international order.

Aboard the Charles de Gaulle: Sea Power and la République

USNI Blog – Those familiar with the Nimitz class might be surprised how at home they would feel aboard the French carrier. Although somewhat smaller than USS Harry S. Truman, also currently in route to the Mediterranean, the bones of the French carrier show a common pedigree: the way the flight deck control is arranged, the quality of the maintenance, the arresting gear and catapults which are fully compatible with US aircraft and even the jersey colors on the flight deck.

France launches anti-IS strikes from carrier

BBC – France has launched its first missions against Islamic State (IS) militants from its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

France to deploy largest warship in mission against IS

BBC – France is sending its largest warship, the Charles de Gaulle, to join operations again Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

French Carrier Charles de Gaulle Bound for India After Two Months of Strikes Against ISIS

USNI News – French carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has left the Persian Gulf after about two months of strike operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) militants.

French Carrier Enters Persian Gulf, ISIS Strike Missions Could Start Soon

USNI News – French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) has entered the Persian Gulf and could soon start strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) fighters.

French Carrier to Deploy to Indian Ocean, Could Join ISIS Fight

USNI News – The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) will shortly leave for the Indian Ocean for exercises and to potentially join the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

French Navy – Two NATO Ships Leave Black Sea

USNI News – A U.S. guided missile destroyer and a French signals intelligence ship have left Black Sea.