Marines Participate in Helo Raid from Mistral

05/21/2017
05/21/2017: U.S. Marines and Sailors forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployment Program, participate in a vertical assault off a British MK3 Merlin helicopter on the Island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, British MK3 Merlin helicopter May 16, 2017. Marines and…

Will Russia Import and Export More Arms to NATO?

04/17/2012
By Richard Weitz For the last few years, the Russian government has made the unprecedented decision to purchase expensive Western military equipment. This has been done partly to fill gaps in Russian military capabilities and partly to use the threat of foreign competition to induce its military industrial complex to…

Pumas at Bold Alligator 2012

03/22/2012
03/21/2012: The Eurocopter Puma was engaged in Bold Alligator 2012.  Off of the Mistral, the Pumas supported the French Army by transporting artillery pieces and providing support for the troops on the ground. For the USN, the Pumas worked off of the USNS Robert E. Peary providing support for the amphibious…

The French in Bold Alligator

03/03/2012
In an interview with Brigadier General Owens, the 2nd MEB commander noted that the French forces on the ground operated more than 80 miles dealing with the “enemy” to the South West of the insertion point.  This meant that the French were operating nearly 4000 miles from their home port. …

The Mistral at Bold Alligator 2012

02/13/2012
02/13/2012: The BPC Mistral was the key sea platform which allies brought to the Bold Alligator 2012.  The Mistral was recently involved in the Libyan operations and part of the French use of sea bases in a Mediterranean engagement context. In a key interview with a senior French leader, SLD…

On the Scene with the French in Bold Alligator 2012

02/12/2012
By Murielle Delaporte 02/12/2012- Onboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship BPC Mistral  (BPC stands for "Bâtiment de projection et de commandement") - which starts its tenth month of continued deployment -, the French Navy and Army prepare to play a major role in Bold Alligator 2012.  The USN-USMC team and…