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Carrier stamps France’s presence in Indo-Pacific

6th June 2019 - 02:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


The Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier entered the waters of the Pacific region for the first time in 17 years, its first deployment after a two-year refurbishment.

Also known as Mission Clemenceau, the deployment culminated in a high-end air defence and passage exercise with Singapore’s air force and navy, involving F-15SG fighters and a Formidable-class frigate.

The exercise enhanced and tested the level of interoperability between the two countries, with both navies sailing frigates with near identical air defence systems, radars and stealth design concept.

The task force consists of the destroyer Forbin, FREMM frigates Provence and

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Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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