Royal Navy warship to protect French strike group’s mission

HMS Kent meets FS Charles De Gaulle
HMS Kent meets FS Charles De Gaulle

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A ROYAL Navy warship has taken up a vital role protecting the French carrier strike group’s mission in the Middle East.

Sailors on board Portsmouth-based HMS Kent have taken up the role of anti-submarine warfare for the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle.

It means the ship is responsible for protecting the French carrier from underwater threats.

HMS Kent previously spent time with the US Navy’s USS Carl Vinson.

Commander Andrew Block, Kent’s commanding officer, said: ‘As the Royal Navy starts to get back into the fixed-wing carrier strike business, Kent has demonstrated we bring a sharp edge to task group operations as we integrate into our second carrier group in as many months.’