On 13th March 2019, the French Carrier Strike Group, CTF473 arrived off-shore Syria to support Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carrier Strike Group is composed of the Aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, the Danish frigate Daniel Juel, and an attack submarine among other assets.  The Charles-de-Gaulle launched Rafale Marine and Hawkeye aircraft to support coalition troops on the ground and gather intelligence while other air assets and vessels were conducting air and maritime control operations.
The coming of the CSG reinforces French military capabilities committed in Operation CHAMMAL and strengthens the Coalition against ISIS. The CSG has a good awareness of this theater of operations in the Levant for it already conducted three previous Arromanches missions since 2015, which is a significant commitment to the military campaign against ISIS.
This capacity building illustrates the determination of France and the coalition to complete the military defeat of ISIS.
On 13th March 2019, the French Carrier Strike Group, CTF473 arrived off-shore Syria to support Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.
A U.S. F-15 Strike Eagle breaks away after being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Feb. 11, 2019, while flying over Syria. While the United States draws down it's forces in Syria, their air power still remains in the area performing strike missions. U.S. F-15 Strike Eagles are being used as air defense and strike assets to deter Islamic State insurgents from fighting or fleeing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit)
A U.S. F-15 Strike Eagle breaks away after being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Feb. 11, 2019, while flying over Syria. While the United States draws down it's forces in Syria, their air power still remains in the area performing strike missions. U.S. F-15 Strike... ...More
U.S. Central Command commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, pulls the lanyard on an M777A2 howitzer during a fire mission at Fire Base Saham, Jan. 18, 2019. Gen. Votel visited from the 101st Airborne Division Troopers deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, working with partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria.  (U.S. Army Photo by SPC. Gyasi Thomasson)
U.S. Central Command commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, pulls the lanyard on an M777A2 howitzer during a fire mission at Fire Base Saham, Jan. 18, 2019. Gen. Votel visited from the 101st Airborne Division Troopers deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, working with partner forces to... ...More
A MV-22 Osprey prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
A MV-22 Osprey prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
Navy Capt. Jason Rimmer, left, commanding officer of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, observe flight operations from vulture's row aboard Kearsarge. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
Navy Capt. Jason Rimmer, left, commanding officer of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, observe flight operations aboard Kearsarge. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads)
A Soldier from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team listens as his Omani counterpart discusses movement and maneuver tactics to a squad of Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Royal Army of Oman in Rabkoot, Oman on Jan. 24, 2019. The two armies are participating in a bilateral exercise called Inferno Creek 19. The exercise was designed to strengthen military relations between the U.S. Army and the Royal Army of Oman. It is an opportunity for both militaries to build tactical proficiency and gain shared understanding of each other’s forces and support long-term regional stability. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Linsey Williams)
A Soldier from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team listens as his Omani counterpart discusses movement and maneuver tactics to a squad of Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Royal Army of Oman in Rabkoot, Oman on Jan. 24, 2019. The two armies are participating in a... ...More
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon K. Mott, the director of exercises and training at U.S. Central Command, right, welcomes the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Gen. Lt. Abdusalom Azizov, left, to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) headquarters, Jan. 29, 2019. The military delegation visited the headquarters to discuss future military-to-military exchanges between Uzbekistan’s Defense Ministry and CENTCOM.
"We were proud to host Uzbekistan’s Minister of Defense Gen. Lt. Abdusalom Azizov and his delegation at U.S. Central Command. Uzbekistan is an important partner and we have a strong military relationship,” said Maj. Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command. “We applaud the country’s support and leadership toward stability and security efforts in the Central and South Asian (CASA) region.”
(Photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon K. Mott, the director of exercises and training at U.S. Central Command welcomes the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Gen. Lt. Abdusalom Azizov to CENTCOM headquarters, Jan. 29, 2019. (Photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader give coins to U.S. Marines, Navy and Army personnel in Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2019. The visit provides Gen. Votel with a deeper understanding of their unique capabilities and the opportunity to recognize persistent excellence in our military.
( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader, give coins to U.S. Marines, Navy and Army personnel in Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2019. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader, presents coins to U.S. Army Soldiers during a training exercise in Iraq, Jan. 16, 2019. The Soldiers are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, working by, with and through the Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners to defeat ISIS in areas of Iraq and Syria. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader, presents coins to U.S. Army Soldiers during a training exercise in Iraq, Jan. 18, 2019. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Jan. 20, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz, while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  The Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is supporting naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Miller/Released)
STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Jan. 20, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz, while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is supporting naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting... ...More
From left to right, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) sail in formation as a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, detachment 4, conducts a flyover in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 16, 2019, during exercise Intrepid Sentinel. Intrepid Sentinel brings together the John C. Stennis Strike Group, France’s Marine Nationale, United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy for a multinational exercise designed to enhance war fighting readiness and interoperability between allies and partners. The John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg)
From left to right, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) sail in formation as a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, detachment 4, conducts a flyover in... ...More
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade, and soldiers from the Kuwait Land Forces fire their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (U.S.) and BM-30 Smerch rocket systems (Kuwait) during a joint live-fire exercise, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The U.S. and Kuwaiti forces train together frequently to maintain a high level of combat readiness and to maintain effective communication between the two forces. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larimer)
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade, and soldiers from the Kuwait Land Forces fire their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (U.S.) and BM-30 Smerch rocket systems (Kuwait) during a joint live-fire exercise, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The U.S. and Kuwaiti forces train... ...More
ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg/Released)
ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the... ...More
On 13th March 2019, the French Carrier Strike Group, CTF473 arrived off-shore Syria to support Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carrier Strike Group is composed of the Aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, the Danish frigate Daniel Juel, and an attack submarine among other assets.  The Charles-de-Gaulle launched Rafale Marine and Hawkeye aircraft to support coalition troops on the ground and gather intelligence while other air assets and vessels were conducting air and maritime control operations.
The coming of the CSG reinforces French military capabilities committed in Operation CHAMMAL and strengthens the Coalition against ISIS. The CSG has a good awareness of this theater of operations in the Levant for it already conducted three previous Arromanches missions since 2015, which is a significant commitment to the military campaign against ISIS.
This capacity building illustrates the determination of France and the coalition to complete the military defeat of ISIS.
A U.S. F-15 Strike Eagle breaks away after being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Feb. 11, 2019, while flying over Syria. While the United States draws down it's forces in Syria, their air power still remains in the area performing strike missions. U.S. F-15 Strike Eagles are being used as air defense and strike assets to deter Islamic State insurgents from fighting or fleeing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit)
U.S. Central Command commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, pulls the lanyard on an M777A2 howitzer during a fire mission at Fire Base Saham, Jan. 18, 2019. Gen. Votel visited from the 101st Airborne Division Troopers deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, working with partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria.  (U.S. Army Photo by SPC. Gyasi Thomasson)
A MV-22 Osprey prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
Navy Capt. Jason Rimmer, left, commanding officer of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Central Command, observe flight operations from vulture's row aboard Kearsarge. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
A Soldier from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team listens as his Omani counterpart discusses movement and maneuver tactics to a squad of Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Royal Army of Oman in Rabkoot, Oman on Jan. 24, 2019. The two armies are participating in a bilateral exercise called Inferno Creek 19. The exercise was designed to strengthen military relations between the U.S. Army and the Royal Army of Oman. It is an opportunity for both militaries to build tactical proficiency and gain shared understanding of each other’s forces and support long-term regional stability. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Linsey Williams)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jon K. Mott, the director of exercises and training at U.S. Central Command, right, welcomes the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Gen. Lt. Abdusalom Azizov, left, to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) headquarters, Jan. 29, 2019. The military delegation visited the headquarters to discuss future military-to-military exchanges between Uzbekistan’s Defense Ministry and CENTCOM.
"We were proud to host Uzbekistan’s Minister of Defense Gen. Lt. Abdusalom Azizov and his delegation at U.S. Central Command. Uzbekistan is an important partner and we have a strong military relationship,” said Maj. Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command. “We applaud the country’s support and leadership toward stability and security efforts in the Central and South Asian (CASA) region.”
(Photo by Tom Gagnier)
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader give coins to U.S. Marines, Navy and Army personnel in Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2019. The visit provides Gen. Votel with a deeper understanding of their unique capabilities and the opportunity to recognize persistent excellence in our military.
( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William F. Thetford, U.S. Central Command senior enlisted leader, presents coins to U.S. Army Soldiers during a training exercise in Iraq, Jan. 16, 2019. The Soldiers are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, working by, with and through the Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition partners to defeat ISIS in areas of Iraq and Syria. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Franklin Moore)
STRAIT OF HORMUZ (Jan. 20, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Strait of Hormuz, while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  The Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is supporting naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Miller/Released)
From left to right, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) sail in formation as a C-2A Greyhound, assigned to Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, detachment 4, conducts a flyover in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 16, 2019, during exercise Intrepid Sentinel. Intrepid Sentinel brings together the John C. Stennis Strike Group, France’s Marine Nationale, United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy for a multinational exercise designed to enhance war fighting readiness and interoperability between allies and partners. The John C. Stennis Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg)
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade, and soldiers from the Kuwait Land Forces fire their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (U.S.) and BM-30 Smerch rocket systems (Kuwait) during a joint live-fire exercise, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The U.S. and Kuwaiti forces train together frequently to maintain a high level of combat readiness and to maintain effective communication between the two forces. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larimer)
ARABIAN SEA – An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), makes final preparations to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg/Released)

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CENTCOM KLE with Afghan Ambassador to the United States
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, right, meets with Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani, left, during a key leader engagement (KLE), Feb. 4, 2019.

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