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Feb 8 2022

NATO Allies exercise interoperability in the Mediterranean Sea

MONS, Belgium – French, Italian and U.S. maritime forces conducted training activities while sailing together in the Mediterranean Sea from Feb. 6 to 7, 2022.

The French carrier Charles de Gaulle's Task Force 473 integrated with the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and Italian carrier Cavour (C-550) strike groups, highlighting the strength of maritime partnerships amongst the three nations and demonstrating high-end maritime strike capabilities.

Events like this enhance our interoperability and strengthen the exchanges with our NATO partners, essential to European security in this strategic area

Elements of the French, Italian and U.S. maritime forces routinely operate together, fostering a cooperative approach towards regional security and stability. These training opportunities bring together three strategic NATO Allies strengthening interoperability and enhancing high-end cooperation.

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA - From right to left, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (C 550) and the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) transit the Mediterranean Sea in formation, Feb. 6, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security, and defend U.S., allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa. - Photo by U.S. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bela Chambers

"These activities strengthen our ability to operate together at the top of the spectrum. Developing this advanced level of interoperability takes time, commitment and energy, but it is a treasure we must preserve," said Rear Admiral Christophe Cluzel, commanding the French carrier Charles de Gaulle's Task Force 473.

"Sailing alongside our NATO allies is a primary objective of our Clemenceau 22 deployment. Events like this enhance our interoperability and strengthen the exchanges with our NATO partners, essential to European security in this strategic area," he added.

The convergence of three NATO Allied aircraft carrier strike groups is a unique and incredible opportunity to work, operate and learn together. It is essential for improving interoperability and maintaining high readiness and strengthens cohesion and maritime integration.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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