The command and replenishment ship ‘Marne’ will conduct a port call in Constanta on July 21-25, after taking part in an international exercise organised by the Bulgarian Navy (Breeze 18) and conducting a three-day port call in Burgas.
On this occasion, on Monday, July 23, at 7.45 p.m., the ‘Marne’ will host a press conference in which the French Ambassador to Romania and ship commander Ismael Hifdi will take part.
‘Marne’ (A630) is part of a series of Durance-class replenishment oilers belonging to the French Navy. Its involvement in various exercises in the Black Sea marks France’s commitment to the observance of freedom of navigation in all seas, and in the Black Sea in particular, in line with the Treaty of Montreux. Likewise, this presence marks France’s solidarity with its allies and partners. Air and naval activities are frequently carried out for this purpose.
Likewise, port calls are frequently conducted in Constanta, the main point of support that the French Navy has identified in the region. These port calls are also used to engage in joint training with the Romanian Navy. As part of international cooperation, before this port call the ‘Marne’ likewise took part in the ‘Breeze 18’ exercise organised by the Bulgarian Navy with the participation of NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and of the Romanian Navy.
“Convinced of the necessity to ensure freedom of navigation on all seas, and facing, in recent years, the deterioration of the situation in the region, France frequently sends navy ships to the Black Sea, to guarantee this freedom and to show its solidarity with its allies, which makes it one of the most active European navies in this space. These Black Sea patrols represent an occasion to work with allied naval forces, with the Romanian Navy in particular, which allows the French Navy to share its very rich operational experience and to develop interoperability between our ships,” Ms Michele Ramis, French Ambassador to Romania, said.