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COMNORD: Franco-Egyptian cross exercises in the English Channel
From April 15 to 17, the French Navy participated in an opportunity at sea exercise (PASSEX) with the Egyptian navy on the occasion of the transit in the Channel of the 3rd submarine S43 of class 209/1400 Egyptian and its escort unit, the Taba frigate type OH Perry.
The Egyptian group thus interacted successively with the Cormoran public service patrol vessel , then with the intervention, assistance and rescue tugs (RIAS) chartered by the French Navy Abeille Languedoc then Abeille Liberté.
For Lt. Amin Salhi - commanding officer PSP Cormoran, "this group navigation enabled us to perfect our interoperability, in particular by carrying out tactical evolutions in coordinated training. We also tested different communication systems to exchange views and successfully achieve a "gridlock", that is to say a radar contact without visual ".
The mission of the French units was also to ensure the group's nautical safety in an area where more than 25% of world maritime traffic operates. Indeed, the English Channel is a complex maritime area due to its natural conditions (narrowness, strong currents, strong winds, high tides) and the high concentration of navigation flows (60,000 ships each year). Also, the units of the French Navy in the English Channel and the North Sea act daily to ensure the safety of navigation, from land with semaphores, at sea with public service patrol boats or even in the air with Dauphin and Caiman helicopters marine based in Le Touquet and Maupertus.
On April 17, the Egyptian group left the English Channel to join the Atlantic where it was joined by the high seas patrol vessel LV Le Hénaff , in order to continue its navigation towards Alexandria - its future home port.
The Egyptian and French navies maintain an old and sustained cooperation. Each year, more than twenty PASSEX are carried out between French and Egyptian units sailing in the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea, as well as many major operational training sessions such as Cléopatra , Ramses or even recently with the Jeanne group Arc in the Red Sea in March 2020.
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