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Top Stories 2020: International Naval Acquisition

Top Stories 2020: International Naval Acquisition

HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 arriving back in Portsmouth July 2, 2020 after a period at sea conducting Operational Sea Training. UK Royal Navy Photo

This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020.

China, Russia and the U.S. all announced sweeping expansions of their naval capacity in 2020 as the three largest world fleets vie for high seas influence in a declared era of great power competition. The new tone for naval forces is helping U.S. allies achieve more lethal navies and expanded capabilities. Read More

President Macron Announces Start of New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Program

President Macron Announces Start of New French Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Program

An artist’s impression of PANG (Porte Avion Nouvelle Generation, or next-generation aircraft carrier).

French President Emmanuel Macron today officially green-lighted the construction of a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier as part of the PANG program. The future flagship of the French Navy is intended to replace the existing FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier around 2038. Read More

CNO Gilday Joins UK, French Navies for Virtual Trilateral Talks

CNO Gilday Joins UK, French Navies for Virtual Trilateral Talks

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, second left, and First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin meet after signing a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement. The trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirms the countries’ commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation. US Navy photo.

The U.S., U.K. and French heads of navies met virtually today for their annual trilateral maritime talk, aimed at advancing warfighting interoperability and deepening cooperation between the three NATO allies, according to a Navy statement. Read More

UPDATED: At Least 668 Sailors in French Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group Test Positive for COVID-19; Hundreds More Still Pending

UPDATED: At Least 668 Sailors in French Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group Test Positive for COVID-19; Hundreds More Still Pending

Aircraft disinfection is performed by technicians and French Navy firefighters.The disinfection process for surface vessels will carried out by joint military and industrial teams once the crews disembark. French Navy/Marine Nationale Twitter page.

A COVID-19 outbreak on French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) and its carrier strike group has ballooned from 50 positive cases last week to at least 668 today, with 31 service members hospitalized and one in intensive care. Read More

French Carrier Heading Home Early Amid Suspicion of COVID-19 Outbreak

French Carrier Heading Home Early Amid Suspicion of COVID-19 Outbreak

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Touloun, France. French Navy Photo

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier and flagship Charles de Gaulle (R91) is heading home early following suspicion of several COVID-19 cases among its crew members. About forty sailors may be infected with COVID-19, according to a French Ministry of the Armed Forces press release issued on Wednesday. Read More

France to Deploy Mistral Amphib to Serve as Hospital Ship

France to Deploy Mistral Amphib to Serve as Hospital Ship

An American MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 lands on French amphibious ship FS Tonnerre on June 28, 2019, during the Semper Thunder exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C. USNI News photo.

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) is about to deploy its Mistral-class LHD Tonnerre(L9014) to the Island of Corsica in a mission to evacuate several Coronavirus / COVID19 patients towards mainland France. Read More

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Foch’ Deployment

FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) deploying on Jan. 21, 2020 from Toulon, France. French Navy Photo

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Carrier Strike Group set sail yesterday for a long operational deployment named, “Foch.” Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its escort set course to the Eastern Mediterranean before sailing for the Northern Atlantic area. Read More

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

Three Allied Frigates Converge on East Coast Ahead of Eisenhower CSG Deployment

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French anti-submarine frigate FS Normandie (D651), Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332) and Royal Danish Navy frigate Iver Huitfeldt (F361)
USNI News Photos

A trio of allied frigates have arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., ahead of a January graduation exercise held before the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deploys, USNI News has learned. Read More