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France strengthens military presence in the South China Sea

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France strengthens military presence in the South China Sea

France intends to strengthen its military presence in the Pacific region. According to the South China Morning Post, the French Navy has sent two warships into the South China Sea.


According to the publication, on February 18, 2021, the Tonnerre helicopter carrier and the Surcouf frigate went on a long voyage. It is assumed that the mission of the French ships in the Pacific region will last about three months.

According to the plans of the French, the ships will cross the South China Sea twice and join the joint Japanese-American naval exercises, which will be held in May. The main task of the representatives of the French navy will be "strengthening the partnership with the Asian NATO", as well as "showing the flag" near the Chinese coast.

It is noted that the French nuclear submarine Émeraude and the support ship Seine passed through the South China Sea last week.

According to military experts, France is trying to "flex its muscles", showing its power and trying to strengthen its military presence in the region, but Paris does not have enough strength for this.

The Indo-Pacific region is becoming more and more important. France is trying to strengthen its military presence in the South China Sea, but it will be difficult because its military power has been declining in recent years

- said the director of the Beijing think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (Initiative for the study of the strategic situation in the South China Sea) Hu Bo.

Earlier, the command of the German Navy announced about sending a frigate to the South China Sea area.
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  1. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 21 February 2021 16: 04
    +2
    Laurels of Napoleon do not allow Macaron to sleep peacefully bully
    1. Machito
      Machito 21 February 2021 16: 14
      +9
      I can imagine how much the squeal would be if China conducted exercises with its navy in the Bay of Biscay.
      1. Mitroha
        Mitroha 21 February 2021 16: 27
        0
        passed the French nuclear submarine Émeraude and the support ship Seine.

        What is it like? Can nuclear submarines be detected by the ship's location?
      2. Doccor18
        Doccor18 21 February 2021 17: 20
        +10
        Quote: Bearded
        I can imagine how much the squeal would be if China conducted exercises with its navy in the Bay of Biscay.

        It depends on how many Chinese ships will enter Biscay ... If there are 30 pennants, then there will be no screeching ... There will be a chilling silence ...
      3. Nemchinov Vl
        Nemchinov Vl 21 February 2021 19: 09
        +4
        Quote: Bearded
        I can imagine how much the squeal would be if China conducted exercises with its navy in the Bay of Biscay.
        it's interesting to look at the headlines of articles from the EU press (and first of all France) ? !! when AUG appeared there in the composition: "Liaoning", couples type 055, three 052D, and three or four fr. type 054 .... ?! belay here they will be branded shame or not ?! what
        1. Nemchinov Vl
          Nemchinov Vl 21 February 2021 19: 11
          +3
          Quote: Doccor18
          There will be a chilling silence ...
          if also the Persians and Egypt add a couple of frigates ? !!
          1. bayard
            bayard 21 February 2021 23: 18
            +1
            Quote: Vl Nemchinov
            if also the Persians with Egypt

            Egypt may exhibit a couple of Mistrals with an escort for the parade ... but China will hardly scare Europe.
            Till .
            He has Japan, Australia and US bases nearby.
            And India in the Indian Ocean.
      4. Starover_Z
        Starover_Z 21 February 2021 21: 58
        +1
        Quote: Bearded
        I can imagine how much the squeal would be if China conducted exercises with its navy in the Bay of Biscay.

        And the first violin will be supported by the overseas conductor!
        Then the NATO choir will sing ...
    2. antivirus
      antivirus 21 February 2021 16: 54
      -3
      Lavrushka is a lot. It is enough to sell the mistrals and rafals.
  2. kventinasd
    kventinasd 21 February 2021 16: 06
    +4
    I wonder what interests croissants are pursuing in this region?
    Or do the "yellow" vests haunt them so much that they are drawn to the Chinese coast? laughing
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 21 February 2021 16: 40
      +2
      Quote: kventinasd
      I wonder what interests croissants are pursuing in this region?

      Indochina is not very far away.
      We decided to pass by, to take a peek at the former possessions.
      1. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 21 February 2021 21: 15
        -2
        Quote: Flood
        Indochina is not very far away.
        We decided to pass by, to take a peek at the former possessions.

        Colleague! Well, you can’t be like the Unified State Exam! You should have looked at the history of the Fifth Republic and its predecessors at least for the sake of interest (decency, or something) ... No, and never had the Croissants in Indochina colonies! There, Britain was petty hooligan, until the beginning of the 20th century!
        Don't believe me? Well then take a look at the map:
        1. Flooding
          Flooding 21 February 2021 21: 18
          +6
          Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
          Colleague! Well, you can’t be like the Unified State Exam! You should have looked at the history of the Fifth Republic and its predecessors at least for the sake of interest (decency, or something) ... No, and never had the Croissants in Indochina colonies!

          as you say, dear connoisseur

          even on the map you have shown, the colonies in the southeast are marked in blue. Asia.
          this is Indochina.

          do not give thanks.
          1. Boa kaa
            Boa kaa 21 February 2021 23: 18
            +1
            Quote: Flood
            do not give thanks.

            And nevertheless - thanks.
            I thought about the South-K sea, but it turned out incorrectly ... I forgot about Vietnam and Laos ... I confess - "I got excited, I was wrong" ... Sori sad
            1. Captain Pushkin
              Captain Pushkin 21 February 2021 23: 36
              +2
              Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
              I forgot about Vietnam and Laos ...

              Re-read how the Vietnamese epic blown frogs ... (or how are they more light now? Croissant eaters?) To the very tomatoes in 1956.
              To the unlucky colonialists.
              Have tons of fun.
    2. dauria
      dauria 21 February 2021 17: 42
      +5
      What are the interests of croissants in this region?


      Don't hurt Uncle Sam. It was said "to demonstrate an indestructible union" - so they sailed. After the deal with Mistrals, does anyone believe in the independence of France?
      1. Flooding
        Flooding 21 February 2021 20: 08
        0
        According to the French Navy, JEANNE D'ARC is not just a training mission, but a true operational deployment that is part of France's Indo-Pacific defense strategy. This strategy is designed to reaffirm France's interest in the area by strengthening its presence and enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation.

        more details at https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/02/french-amphibious-ready-group-set-sails-for-the-indo-pacific/

        So that's it. "French Defense Strategy in the Indo-Pacific"
    3. RUSS
      RUSS 22 February 2021 17: 15
      -1
      Quote: kventinasd
      I wonder what interests croissants are pursuing in this region?

      Well, firstly, there is French Polynesia nearby, and secondly, they have always had an interest in this region.
  3. Wolf
    Wolf 21 February 2021 16: 08
    +4
    Macaroni and "displaying the flag", he is funny. Pygmies tease the Kitai Serpent. laughing
  4. carstorm 11
    carstorm 11 21 February 2021 16: 09
    +3
    Only one question, WHY?)) Macron also has imperial ambitions in one place?)
    1. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 21 February 2021 20: 13
      +1
      Quote: carstorm 11
      Just one question, WHY?)) Did Macron also have imperial ambitions in one place?)

      No, he just demonstrates something like "decisive indecision". But if, following the French, in the South China Sea, on an initiative basis, a Ukrainian patrol boat with an Estonian instructor sneaks through, then yes, ambition. yes
    2. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 21 February 2021 21: 43
      +1
      Quote: carstorm 11
      Just one question, WHY?))

      On the occasion, so to speak. Well, at the same time, show NATO solidarity. But in fact, this is a "navigational campaign" of graduates of the naval academy before being awarded officer ranks and sent to ships. We also have this (approximately) graduation practice before a diploma ...
      French Navy (Marine Nationale) - Mistral "Tonnerre" LHD ships and La Fayette "Surcouf" class frigate - this morning (18.02.2021 - Boa constrictor) departed from the naval base in Toulon to start the mission JEANNE D'ARC 2021.
      JEANNE D'ARC is an annual long-term joint deployment that aims to provide officer cadets with operational training “at sea” before joining their units as officers. The mission has three main objectives:
      - Train future generations of French Navy officers
      - Deployment of operational capabilities in areas of strategic interest
      - Interoperability and regional cooperation.
      This year, the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) will travel from Toulon to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. It will cross the South China Sea twice, visit Egypt, Djibouti, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan (twice), Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Egypt again. Both ships will return to their home port of Toulon on July 14, 2021 (Bastille Day).
      https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/02/french-amphibious-ready-group-set-sails-for-the-indo-pacific/
      And here is the map of the campaign:
    3. Captain Pushkin
      Captain Pushkin 21 February 2021 23: 39
      0
      Quote: carstorm 11
      Only one question, WHY?)) Macron also has imperial ambitions in one place?)

      Indeed, why swim so far to refresh the memories of the kicks in the ass. Algeria is nearby, it is much cheaper to defile in front of it, to reflect on the past
    4. RUSS
      RUSS 22 February 2021 17: 17
      -2
      Quote: carstorm 11
      Did Macron also have imperial ambitions in one place?)

      Same as anyone?
  5. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 21 February 2021 16: 10
    +2
    The Americans are there, the British will solve the problems with the screws on Lizka, they will also catch up, the Germans with the frigate are also going there. The simplest answer: the Chinese squadron by Welcom to Leningrad on the last Sunday of July.
    1. ironic
      ironic 21 February 2021 16: 33
      -7
      So this is where science fiction stories come from ...
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 21 February 2021 16: 38
        +1
        I can't tell you everything, we can too! wassat
        1. ironic
          ironic 21 February 2021 19: 40
          -1
          And no one argues with this, your aircraft is also improving. Not all are equally successful, by birth, but of course in general yes. But fantastic stories are all the same ... too much.
  6. Emil mamedoff
    Emil mamedoff 21 February 2021 16: 19
    0
    France tries to flex its muscles, showing its power

    The characteristic traits of an ordinary Frenchman - you ... boniness and show off - are, unfortunately, reflected in the country's foreign policy. It can be very developed internally, and foreign policy is a "rotten topic". There is a chance that one day, when the US daddy is not around, someone will kick the French in the head, most likely in the same place at sea.
    1. ironic
      ironic 21 February 2021 16: 35
      -9
      It will be interesting to see this. And then I read all the time, so they will give and this will give, but still they don't give it, it's a mess ...
    2. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 21 February 2021 16: 53
      +11
      In the distant 76, the missile destroyer Duquesne arrived on a friendship visit in Murmansk. 4 French sailors were successfully aligned 4 by 4 at the Mordo Slayer pub, Severnoye Nagornoye area. And they were safely delivered to the destroyer by a lunakhod. above the French, they looked like white caps with red bambos, sadly floating in a puddle. Batya realized that they had said something about Borodino and burnt Moscow, a mutual misunderstanding arose, which grew into a domestic international conflict.
      1. Poetry
        Poetry 21 February 2021 19: 08
        +4
        Glory to the sailors of the North Sea! .. Know ours.
    3. Humpty
      Humpty 21 February 2021 17: 13
      -1
      Quote: Emil Mamedoff
      There is a chance that one day, when the US daddy is not around, someone will kick the French in the head, most likely in the same place at sea.

      There is also a possibility that if a spirited goby butts the cockerel, then the cockerel will twist its horns with its claws, so that the scotch tape will not be enough to rewind them. And maybe it will come to the meat-packing plant.
  7. Prisoner
    Prisoner 21 February 2021 16: 20
    0
    How can you strengthen what is not strengthened? what
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 21 February 2021 16: 25
      +2
      Quote: Captive
      How can you strengthen what is not strengthened? what

      let dry in the sun
  8. Mitroha
    Mitroha 21 February 2021 16: 29
    0
    "strengthening partnership with Asian NATO",

    This is not the first time I have seen this expression. What is this? Japan, Yu. Korea and the USA? Is this the most Asian NATO aware of its existence? Or is it a wishlist of a tan?
  9. sabakina
    sabakina 21 February 2021 16: 42
    +2
    France strengthens military presence in the South China Sea

  10. rocket757
    rocket757 21 February 2021 16: 49
    +2
    France strengthens military presence in the South China Sea

    Are they serious? And have you decided to compete with what and with whom?
  11. Thrifty
    Thrifty 21 February 2021 16: 54
    +3
    Not there the French keep their ships! It is more profitable for them to resist the sultan, to troll his fleet in order to prevent the Turks from taking over the former French overseas possessions, such as Libya! The Chinese only laugh with French attempts!
  12. evgen1221
    evgen1221 21 February 2021 17: 01
    +1
    As I understand it, they will sail for 2.5 months and carefully maneuver at the borders for a couple of weeks, and then they will be ready, and they will crawl home. The main thing here is to strengthen the position so that the Chinese do not offend, otherwise the economy and incomes of francs will be bobo.
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 21 February 2021 17: 51
      0
      Quote: evgen1221
      As I understand it, they will sail for 2.5 months and carefully maneuver at the borders for a couple of weeks, and then they are kaput and crawl home

      Return to mid-July.
      And all this time on board one and a half hundred infantry.
      1. evgen1221
        evgen1221 21 February 2021 18: 08
        0
        Well, they can take the pestura home by plane. Maybe.
      2. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 21 February 2021 22: 02
        0
        Quote: Flood
        And all this time on board one and a half hundred infantry.

        There is no "infantry" there! There are naval cadets - graduates of the Navy! These are future officers who, before graduation, do their pre-diploma voyage-practice on the warships of the fleet ...
        1. Flooding
          Flooding 21 February 2021 22: 05
          0
          Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
          There is no "infantry" there! There are naval cadets - graduates of the Navy! These are future officers who, before graduation, do their pre-diploma voyage-practice on the warships of the fleet ...

          There are both.
          French Army units aboard Tonnerre
          Several French Army units participate in mission JEANNE D'ARC 2021: 155 soliders from 6e Brigade légère blindée, a command company from 2e Régiment étranger d'infantrie, a section from 13e demi-brigade de Légion étrangère, an armored platoon from 1er Régiment de Saphis, two combat sections from 31e Régiment du Génie, an AAW artillery section from 54e Régiment d'artillerie, a JTAC team from 3e Régiment d'artilllerie de marine. There are also two French Army Gazelle helicopters from 4e brigade d'aérocombat.

          More details at https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/02/french-amphibious-ready-group-set-sails-for-the-indo-pacific/

          Note that "Brigade légère blindée" literally translates as "light armored brigade".
  13. infobikom-rostov.ru
    infobikom-rostov.ru 21 February 2021 17: 58
    +2
    And let China strengthen the presence of the fleet in the Channel between France and England
  14. Dimide
    Dimide 21 February 2021 18: 41
    -4
    Probably decided to visit the former colonies laughing
    But seriously, the news is ordinary. They can afford to go on a "long hike" across half the world and return safely
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 21 February 2021 18: 59
      +3
      Yes, or they may not return. hi
    2. Flooding
      Flooding 21 February 2021 22: 39
      0
      Quote: Dimid
      They can afford to go on a "long hike" across half the world and return safely

      normal practice for sailors
  15. Ros 56
    Ros 56 21 February 2021 18: 58
    +4
    Where is France and where is the South China Sea. Let the clowns not howl that Chinese planes fly near the Cote d'Azur.
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 21 February 2021 20: 06
      +2
      Quote: Ros 56
      Where is France and where is the South China Sea. Let the clowns not howl that Chinese planes fly near the Cote d'Azur.

      They also have a rendezvous with the Indian Navy on the way.
      Varuna 21.
  16. Machete
    Machete 21 February 2021 21: 07
    +1
    What do you need there ???
  17. Evil 55
    Evil 55 22 February 2021 03: 52
    +1
    As the saying goes, whoever comes to Asia with the "Mistral" will disappear from Mistral .. It is not enough for them, you see, at one time the former colonies piled up, like the "Empire, over which the sun never sets."
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 22 February 2021 06: 21
      0

      Evil 55 (Eugene)
      Today, 03: 52
      NEW
      +1
      As the saying goes, whoever comes to Asia with the "Mistral" will disappear from Mistral .. It is not enough for them, you see, at one time the former colonies piled up, like the "Empire, over which the sun never sets."
      Until they ogrebut lyulya, does not come to their refined)) laughing The European brain. wink
  18. aszzz888
    aszzz888 22 February 2021 06: 19
    0
    France intends to strengthen its military presence in the Pacific region. .. It is assumed that the mission of the French ships in the Pacific region will last about three months.
    laughing laughing laughing Fuel oil is burnt, and all of them are frog-like "strengthening". wassat wassat wassat
  19. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 22 February 2021 12: 59
    0
    There is no such thing as a "military (combat) ship". Because a ship is a military vessel. Consider "mistral" combat))) to put it mildly is not correct. Let's just say - militarized cargo and passenger transport)))
  20. Sasha from Uralmash
    Sasha from Uralmash 22 February 2021 14: 21
    0
    Pull the dragon's whiskers!? Tickle your nerves, or your frogs are over ...?