French Carrier Strike Group begins Clemenceau 22 deployment

France Navy Clemenceau 22
Rafale and Hawkeye aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91). The CDG is currently deployed under the Clemenceau 22 mission in the Med.

The Marine Nationale (French Navy) Carrier Strike Group set sail on Tuesday for a long operational deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. Its mission, called CLEMENCEAU 22, will last until April and will also integrate several foreign ships.

France's Carrier Strike Group, deployed as Task Force 473 (TF 473), is centered around the FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) aircraft carrier and her Air Wing (20 Rafale marine fighter aircraft, 2 E2C Hawkeye, helicopters Ca├»man marine and Dauphin).

During its three-month mission, the Carrier Strike Group will be deployed in a complex strategic context characterized by the escalation of regional tensions as a means of projection of power and autonomous assessment of the situation. The deployment of this military capability, unique in the European Union, underlines France's commitment to freedom of action, maritime and air traffic.

The Carrier Strike Group will integrate units from marine partners of the European Union (Belgium, Spain, Greece) and NATO allies (United States, Canada). This integration will allow France to maintain and develop the ability to work together and defend Europe's interests, while holding the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The CLEMENCEAU 22 mission will also focus on strengthening cooperation between France and other Mediterranean partners.

As with previous missions, the CSG will be integrated into Operation CHAMMAL, the French component of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and will contribute to the fight against the reconstitution of the Islamic State’s capabilities in the Middle East. It will also be able to support France’s operational commitments within the framework of the European Union (EUNAVFORMED IRINI), within NATO and the SACEUR (Supreme Allied Command for Europe) area of responsibility, or within another coalition.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source: French Navy

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