French Strike Group Integrates with CTF-53/MSCCENT

Combined Task Force 53/Military Sealift Command Central and the French Navy oiler FS Meuse recently completed a very successful month of inoperability operations and training in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

The French logistics ship, part of the FS Charles de Gaulle Strike Group (CDG), conducted numerous replenishments with coalition and U.S. combatants while under the tactical control of CTF-53.

The French Carrier Strike Group included FS Charles de Gaulle, FS Chevalier Paul, HMS Kent and FS Meuse.

The integration of FS Meuse into theater logistics was a top priority for CTF-53/MSCCENT. One of MEU’s biggest accomplishments was the replenishment at sea (RAS) of USS Carl Vinson. This is the first time MEU has conducted a RAS with a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. It was a great opportunity and it was a huge success.

In addition to supporting the CDG Strike Group, MSE refueled the ITS ANDREA DORIA and USS PONCE (230,000 gallons) of fuel and transferred ordnance from USS Carl Vinson to CDG.

She also replenished the USS MITSCHER with 640 cubic meters (170,000 gallons) of fuel, 25 pallets of food/parts/mail, and three pallets of small arms ammunition, and USS PAUL HAMILTON with fuel, food, parts, and mail.

The French Navy oiler FS Meuse steams alongside the USS Carl Vinson in the 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo courtesy of USS Carl Vinson.

The French Navy oiler FS Meuse steams alongside the USS Carl Vinson in the 5th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo courtesy of USS Carl Vinson.

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