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French aircraft carrier trains with NATO task group in North Sea

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The French Navy carrier strike group assembled around aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle has joined ships from NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) for four days of training in the North Sea.

The French task group is in the North Sea after operating with US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.

During the four days of exercises, which ran between March 19 and 22, the French carrier worked with warships from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom on the east coast of Denmark.

“The interaction with the French carrier strike group provides valuable opportunities for both the carrier strike group and us. The ability to train and develop our procedures, communication and interaction is ultimately what tie us together as allied forces. It enhances our readiness and our ability to fight war. Obviously it also enhances the cohesion within the Alliance. Together NATO allies constitute a powerful naval force,” said Commodore Yngve Skoglund, commander of SNMG1.

FS Charles de Gaulle and its strike group got underway from Toulon, France, in January, for a deployment to the Mediterranean, and the North Sea.