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Africa’s Strategic Crossroad

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Africa’s Strategic Crossroad

Posted on 05 February 2016 by admin

Djibouti is sandwiched between the volatile states of Somalia, Eritrea and war-torn Yemen. Its port offers easy access to the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is expanding its presence in this region.

Part of the port is a French naval base used by warships deployed for anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa with EUNAVFOR’s (European Union Naval Force) Operation ATALANTA, NATO’s Operation OCEAN SHIELD, and the US Combined Task Force 151. Additional foreign military deployments at Djibouti’s international airport provide support to these efforts: These include the 600-acre Camp Lemonnier, headquarters of the US Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), France’s Base Aérienne 188 (Airbase 188, and Japan’s only overseas air base.

Chinese naval ships have undertaken anti-piracy operations off Somalia since 2008, and have used Djibouti port since February 2014. On 20 January Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti announced an agreement with the PRC to establish a free trade zone, with to expand Djibouti’s role for transshipment of goods in trade, in addition to the naval port facilities. The latter will take the form of a logistics based, the first such facility for the PRC, at Obcock where the US also has a base.

The PRC’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that: “(t)he construction of the relevant facilities will help China’s navy and army further participate in United Nations peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and provide humanitarian assistance.”


By David Oliver



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DCNS completes CVN Charles de Gaulle refit

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DCNS completes CVN Charles de Gaulle refit

Posted on 26 July 2013 by admin

The French Navy’s Fleet Support Service (SSF) signed off on the completion of the intermediate refit of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after six months’ work by DCNS. From hull to combat system, without forgetting compliance tests to the latest environmental standards, communications suite modernisation or the refurbishment of the accommodation and recreation areas, the project involved some 950 people and 1 million person-hours’ work.


Maintenance and modernisation


In addition to scheduled maintenance, the refit was used to undertake significant modernisation. The work was performed in the Vauban drydock at theToulonnaval base. The ship was given a complete facelift that included the repainting of a total area of 26,000 square metres and the complete refurbishment of one of the main galleys. Other modernisation work included the replacement of the stabilisation computer. The propulsion system and other shipboard systems and equipment were inspected, overhauled and tested to ensure optimal performance in operation. Some35 kilometresof cabling was also installed with a view to the later installation of a state-of-the-art IP network.


CVN Charles de Gaulle underwent a thorough overhaul performed by teams assembled by DCNS and its partners, supported day-to-day by the ship’s crew.



Major contracting challenge, noteworthy team success


“Scheduled refits are essential to return a ship to ‘as new’ condition. This six-month period of intense contract maintenance and modernisation is over. Other teams will now resume shore-based day-to-day monitoring of the ship’s systems and equipment,” said Franck Bouffety, the Group’s Charles de Gaulle programme manager.


With over 1,000 tasks in progress each week, the Vauban drydock was very busy indeed. Despite the huge number of jobs to be performed, everything was completed on time. DCNS completed the 6,000 maintenance and modernisation ‘line tasks’ specified for this scheduled refit. In addition to the ship’s crew, all available staff based at theToulonnaval base were mobilised for the extended pit stop. Virtually every DCNS centre contributed in one way or another. In all, the Group assigned almost 500 employees to the project.

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Posted on 02 February 2012 by admin

Ingenieur Général de l’Armement (IGA) Laurent Collet-Billon, Director-General of the French Defence Technology and Procurement Agency, Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), called on Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen this afternoon at the Singapore Ministry of Defence. IGA Collet-Billon, who is in Singapore from 2 to 3 February 2012, also visited the SAF Centre for Military Experimentation earlier today.

IGA Collet-Billon’s visit underscores the strong and broad-based bilateral defence relationship and in particular, the deepening of defence technology collaboration between France and Singapore. IGA Collet-Billon is in Singapore to co-chair the France-Singapore Defence Technology Co-operation Committee (FS-DTCC) with Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Dr Tan Kim Siew. The FS-DTCC is the highest bilateral forum for defence technology cooperation between France and Singapore.

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