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Lafayette Returns!

SUEZ CANAL (Dec. 7, 2015) The French navy nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transits the Suez Canal as it enters the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Commander, French Maritime Force, Rear Adm. René-Jean Crignola, embarked aboard Charles de Gaulle, took command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 50 Dec. 7. CTF 50 plans and conducts strike operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (Official French navy photo/Released)

By Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command; Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Commander, Combined Maritime Forces On December 7th, travelers near the Suez Canal witnessed an incredible sight as the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) led a flotilla of warships from France, …

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SEACAT: A Southeast Asian Multilateral Powerhouse


By Cmdr. Greg Adams N7 Theater Security Cooperation, U.S. 7th Fleet, Task Force 73 Amidst recent calls for more multilateralism in our traditionally bilateral exercises, Southeast Asia Cooperation And Training (SEACAT) stands tall as the only multilateral information sharing exercise of its kind in Southeast Asia. A relatively small exercise …

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Foal Eagle 2015 and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Photo Essay

The U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations.  This year being the 62nd anniversary of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, our shared commitment to democracy and sustained partnership provide a foundation for the enduring friendship that tightly …

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