A US Navy destroyer joins the French CSG in the Mediterranean
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) joined the French Navy Charles de Gaulle Strike Group (CDG CSG) May 26, 2021 in the Mediterranean in support of joint operations and training at the ‘interoperability, demonstrating a mutual commitment to stability and security throughout the European Region.
By public affairs of the U.S. 6th Fleet
Thomas Hudner provides multi-war defense to the strike group while operating under the tactical control of the French Navy.
Frequent interoperability training between the two navies allowed ships from each navy to operate interchangeably in carrier strike groups.
“Since the start of the CLEMENCEAU 21 mission, an American escort ship has participated almost permanently in the French carrier strike group. Today it is the turn of the USS Thomas Hudner, which underlines the high level of cooperation between our two navies. Having been in command of US Task Force 50, I am honored and happy to maintain the very high level of interoperability embodied by the participation of USS Thomas Hudner.
French Admiral Marc Aussedat, Commander of the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CDG CSG) TF473
Thomas Hudner is the second ship this year to operate as part of the CDG CSG in 2021. In March, the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) provided defense capabilities to the strike group in support of the exercise. NATO Dynamic Manta.
“The operations of the USS Thomas Hudner with the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group are a true manifestation of cooperation. We strive to have solid relationships with all our partners and allies similar to the privileged relationship we have with France. We must recognize this enduring relationship as a competitive advantage and a unique strength of the NATO Alliance. “
Rear Adm Anthony Carullo, Director of Operations, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
The American-French alliance dates back to 1781, with their support during the American Revolutionary War. The alliance solidified further during the two world wars. Today, US 6th Fleet assets exercise and operate regularly with their French and NATO counterparts throughout the region to include participation in Formidable Shield, Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), Sea Breeze and Obangame Express in the Gulf. from Guinea. Thomas Hudner’s combined operations with the CDG CSG occur coincidentally as the French and US military prepare to commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 in Normandy.
the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group is made up of French ship multi-mission frigates (FREMM) Provence and Languedoc, air defense frigate (FDA) Knight Paul, La Fayette class frigate (FLF) La Fayette and the air wing of the French aircraft carrier; command and supply ship (BCR) Var; Atlantic maritime patrol plane 2 and guided missile destroyer of the US Navy Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).
Thomas Hudner is deployed to support national security interests in Europe and to increase theater cooperation and the forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
The U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.