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Piret met with the following French officials: RADM Laurent Kerleguer, General Director of SHOM; Captain Jean-Luc Provençal, Chief of Staff, Strategic Oceanic Submarine Force; and Captain Tanguy Durand, Commander, French Aero-maritime Fast Reaction Force Mine Warfare Staff.
“It’s an honor to partner with the French Navy, our longest standing naval ally, to further our bilateral efforts in understanding the ocean.” said CDR Jonathan Savage, CNMOC International Programs Director (N5). “Our cooperation is quickly evolving beyond sharing oceanographic and hydrographic information as we continue to seek ways to advance towards interoperability to achieve operational advantage at sea.”
SHOM’s mission is to know and describe the physical marine environment in its relationship with the atmosphere, the seabed and coastal areas, to forecast its evolution and to ensure the dissemination of the corresponding information.
The Strategic Oceanic Submarine Force (French: Force Océanique Stratégique, FOST), comprising several French nuclear ballistic missile submarine based in French naval bases. French submarine forces comprise over 4000 military and civilian personnel of which an estimated two thousand are submariners.
Under the command of COMFRMARFOR, French Aero-maritime Fast Reaction Force Mine Warfare Staff (FRMARFOR/MW) is responsible for planning and conducting FR MW operations in peace time, crisis or conflict. The operational staff is organized to provide a Maritime Component Command with a MCM Tasking Authority or MW Subject Matter Experts. Based on MCM & maritime EOD experts, FRMARFOR/MW is also the laboratory of tomorrow’s MW operations. The staff is in charge of the FR MW data center, which integrates dedicated hydrographic and oceanographic data from SHOM.
U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist Fleet and Joint Commanders in all warfare areas to make better decisions, based on assured environmental information, faster than the adversary.
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