Multinational naval exercise underway

From the Navy Times

As many as 17,000 sailors from five countries are training in the Western Atlantic in support of a NATO exercise.
The exercise, called Multi-National Maritime Exercise 05-1, is a step in the certification for forces for the NATO Response Force, which is set to be fully certified by 2006.

The exercise will include naval forces from France, Canada, Great Britain, Spain and the United States.

U.S. assets participating are Commander, Strike Group 2; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22; carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Eisenhower; Carrier Air Wings 1, 3 and 7; destroyers Stout, Donald Cook and Oscar Austin; Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings 5 and 11; cruiser San Jacinto; and attack submarine Norfolk. The international ships include:

• The French carrier Charles de Gaulle, destroyers Jean Bart, Tourville, oiler Meuse and submarine Rubis.

• The Canadian destroyer Athabaskan and frigates Ville de Quebec, St. Johns and Halifax.

• The British destroyer Nottingham.

• The Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazan.


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Would this be the carrier group practising for protecting G W Bush as he attends a conference in a country which, not only is friendly to his country but which goes ro war on his side!

Still it is nice to see HMS Nottingham on duty. Though perhaps we might have been better with HMS Glasgow or Liverpool (if we can still afford ships with those names!)
OOoh nice for the navy - perhaps go to This is ARRSE :p
HMS Nottingham?

Let's hope she doesn't make any more news then eh?
Interesting make up of ships considering the Nato tag.

Not many years ago, France and Spain weren't even in Nato.

We can only run to one ship? No germans, or dutch? WTF is going on? And what's all this blx about certification?

Fcuk me. Two hundred years ago this year Nelson destroyed the joint fleets of the French and Spanish. Now they outnumber us in Nato exercises.
and if they don't get through their 'certification' ? - does that mean they're not alllowed to come out and play with the big boys?.

Interesting that the Charles de Gaulle is allowed to take part, perhaps it's playing 'enemy' as the script calls for an after dinner cheeseboard, then surrender and return to port. The rest of les Grenouilles are there to tow it back to Oran after its inevitable engine failure, where it will be sunk by unfriendly fire from HMS Nottingham..

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