France Takes Command of NAVCENT Task Force 50
France Takes Command of NAVCENT Task Force
By Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command public
Red Sea – (NNS)
– December 7, 2015 – A French flag officer embarked in the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS
Charles de Gaulle took command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's Task Force
50 Dec. 7, leading coalition naval strike operations for Operation Inherent
Resolve -- the fight to degrade and ultimately destroy the ISIL terrorist
Commander, French Maritime Force, Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, embarked in
Charles de Gaulle, took command of CTF 50, which plans and conducts strike
operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
This integration of France's premier naval strike force into a critical
leadership role in the NAVCENT command and control structure demonstrates its
exceptional interoperability with U.S. and other coalition forces.
French navy nuclear aircraft
carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transits the Suez Canal
Charles de Gaulle's presence in the region signals the return of
carrier-based naval aviation to the fight against ISIL. The carrier and embarked
air wing, along with the other ships in her battle group, will support strike
operations over Iraq and Syria. She will also provide a range of flexible and
adaptable capabilities to perform theater security cooperation efforts and
maritime security operations aimed at increasing the French navy's
interoperability with allies in the region.
The battle group left its home port of Toulon, France, Nov. 18.
Escorting Charles de Gaulle are the air defense destroyer (FN) Chevalier
Paul; the anti-submarine frigate (FN) La Motte-Picquet; the anti-submarine
frigate (BN) Leopold Ier, the anti-submarine frigate (GN) Augsburg; the command
and supply ship (FN) Marne; and a (FN) nuclear attack submarine.
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is responsible for approximately 2.5
million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North
Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. NAVCENT's mission is to conduct
maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and
strengthen partner nation's maritime capabilities in order to promote security
and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO.
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