France: Exercise FRUKUS Begins

Exercise FRUKUS Begins

Maritime forces from four countries began participation in the multinational naval exercise FRUKUS, in port Brest, France, June 25.

FRUKUS, which is led this year by the French navy, is focused on improving maritime security through open dialogue and increased training of the participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

Participating navies include France, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S.

U.S. participation in this year’s exercise includes guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), homeported in Norfolk, Va., and currently deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet; as well as staff from Commander, Naval Forces Europe-Africa/6th Fleet.

During the exercise, which consists of both an in-port and at-sea phase, U.S. participants will work side-by-side with other partner-nations at sea and ashore to foster multinational interoperability.

While in port, crews from the participant countries will engage in pre-sail coordination and sporting events. In addition, a shore-based multinational combined task group (CTG) staff will stand up in preparation for the at-sea phase.

Once the at-sea phase begins, the participating ships will execute various training events centered on the theme of military support for civilians in distress, to include Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief.

FRUKUS was created in 2003 to aid in talks between France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. Sponsorship rotates between the four navies, with the lead nation traditionally providing a blend of professional and cultural activities.

Press Release, June 26, 2013; Image: US Navy