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MSDF, French aircraft carrier conduct joint drills off Somali coast


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Thursday January 19, 2023


Courtesy of the Defense Ministry Joint Staff. MSDF destroyer Suzutsuki, foreground, is seen during a drill with French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a French Navy carrier strike group led by its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle have conducted joint drills in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia and in the northern Arabian Sea, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

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According to the ministry, the drills took place from Jan. 9 through Saturday with MSDF destroyer Suzutsuki — which has been deployed to the area for anti-piracy operations — four French Navy vessels and a U.S. Navy vessel.

The drills’ purpose was to strengthen cooperation between the MSDF and French and U.S. navies, and procedures were confirmed for defending naval vessels from attacks from the air.



 





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