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    U.S. and French forces participate in contingency training

    US Forces conduct bilateral maritime interdiction training with French Amphibious Ship Tonnerre

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Wesley Timm | U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Feb. 6, 2018) U.S. military forces fast rope out of...... read more read more

    BAHRAIN, U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

    02.28.2018

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    Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

    U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Feb. 28, 2018) – Naval Special Warfare forces and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command conducted interoperability training with French amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014) and USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 6.

    This was the first mission for a French Mistral class LHD as a platform for U.S. special operations. The training consisted of visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) rehearsals intended to enhance maritime interoperability between international partners and U.S. military assets in the region.

    “Training together to improve our amphibious actions is essential,” said French Capt. Nicolas Vaujour, commander of France’s amphibious task group. “Exercises such as this one best prepare us for a bilateral or multilateral response to a contingency operation.”

    The special operations teams launched MH-60 helicopters and combatant craft assault boats during a multidimensional VBSS rehearsal on a simulated vessel of interest. The exercise demonstrated Tonnerre Amphibious Task Group’s ability to command a control a complex helicopter and seaborne mission to interdict a vessel of interest.

    TF 51/5 embarked approximately 150 U.S. Sailors and Marines aboard Tonnerre in November 2017 to conduct amphibious operations in the region. This was the sixth multilateral training evolution Tonnerre participated in during its deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

    For more information about TF 51/5 visit our website www.TF515.marines.mil or subscribe to our DVIDS page https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/Tonnerre, contact TF 51/5 Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sandra Arnold at Sandra.arnold@me.usmc.mil, 973-1785-6965 or Marine Capt. Monica Witt at Monica.witt@me.usmc.mil.

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    Date Taken: 02.28.2018
    Date Posted: 02.28.2018 02:08
    Story ID: 267445
    Location: BAHRAIN, U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

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