German frigate Hamburg boarding Turkish ship heading for Libya

Since the Turkish intervention in Libya and especially the deployment of the flotilla centered around the mining exploration vessel Orus Reis in the Eastern Mediterranean, Berlin had taken the part of a position of appeasement and conciliation with Ankara, a posture sometimes badly accepted in Greece as in France. But it seems that, from now on, the German authorities have chosen to show more firmness vis-à-vis Turkey. Indeed, the German frigate Hamburg, participating in the European operation Irini aimed at preventing the transfer of arms and combatants to Libya, intercepted the 16.000-ton container ship Roselina-A flying the Turkish flag 200 km off the Libyan coast. ,…

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France has deployed its fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean against Turkey

The French Navy has announced that it has deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean from 4 to 13 November, a powerful surface combat fleet, made up of the light stealth frigate Lafayette, the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville, and the defense frigate aerial Forbin, the most powerfully armed of the French Navy's combat surface units. This naval device, designated Surface Action Group or SaG by the Admiralty, which also includes an Atlantic 2 maritime patrol aircraft based in Crete, and an Air Force Awacs E3F Sentry forward air control aircraft, is the one of the most imposing deployed by France in the last two…

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Is the attitude of the Turkish navy in the Mediterranean a threat to Europe and NATO?

For more than a year, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey has been providing massive support to the GNA, the Libyan government of national unity which opposes militarily the National Liberation Army of Marshal Haftar (see our two-part dossier on Turkish involvement in Libya). In a few months, the human and material reinforcements conveyed by Turkey and Qatar succeeded in reversing the tactical situation in the region of Tripoli, hitherto besieged by the ANL and its allies. In recent weeks, however, Turkish support for the GNA has pushed Ankara into playing a particularly dangerous game vis-à-vis the European Union and NATO, whose…

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Despite Beijing's warnings, France will participate in the modernization of Taiwanese frigates

The information was analyzed in detail last month by the Naval News site, always very well informed: as part of the modernization of its Kang Ding frigates (local version of the French Lafayette), the Taiwanese navy plans to upgrade the DAGAIE MK2 lure launcher of French origin. As always, the possibility of an arms sale to Taiwan has drawn strong protests from Beijing. At the latest news, however, France would have rejected the Chinese exhortations, recalling that the modernization of the DAGAIE decoy launchers does not derogate from the French diplomatic posture fixed within the framework of the Franco-Chinese declaration of 1994. After having…

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Aircraft exchanges between the Charles De Gaulle and the USS Eisenhower strengthen the interoperability of the French and American navies

Definitely, with the Foch mission, the French Naval Air Group (GAN) is not idle. Leaving Toulon on January 22 with its escort, the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle participated for three weeks in Operation Chammal, the French component of the fight against the Islamic State in the Levant. This was followed by a highly publicized one-week stopover in the Cypriot port of Limassol, in order to show France's commitment alongside Cyprus and Greece in the face of Turkish threats of retaliation. Having returned to sea on February 26, heading for the North Atlantic, Task Force 473 (NATO designation of the GAN) crossed the…

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