French CSG Retasked With NATO Support Role

Naval News – The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its strike group are being retasked to support NATO following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. The French CSG which is currently deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea as part of the “CLEMENCEAU 22” mission began a logistics stop in Cyprus. It will then be reassigned to assist NATO.

French Navy, Army Drill to Launch Helicopter Attacks From the Sea

USNI News – The French Army and Navy last week completed the Cormoran 21 exercise after more than two weeks of drills in the Mediterranean. Cormoran 21 is a power projection exercise involving the joint amphibious and airmobile capabilities of the two services where 24 Army helicopters join amphibious operations commandoes embarked on French Navy ships to form the Groupe Naval Aéromobile (Naval Airmobile Group).

How Franco-Australian Cooperation Can Help Stabilize the Into-Pacific

War on the Rocks – Last November, a Royal Australian Navy base near Perth was the port of call for an unusual patrol composed of two French ships, the nuclear-powered attack submarine Emeraude and the support and assistance vessel Seine. The French patrol trained with the Australian navy before sailing to the South China Sea, where it served as part of France’s efforts to challenge China’s sweeping maritime claims in the region. In addition to serving as another example of France’s ambition to be a real player in the Indo-Pacific, this long-distance and long-duration deployment demonstrated the growing importance of French-Australian cooperation.