The head of the French Navy told The Australian Financial Review that he hopes Australian warships would escort French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when she sails in the Indian Ocean.
While in Sydney, Australia for the Pacific Maritime Expo, Admiral Christophe Prazuck told AFR here that he had discussed it with Australian navy chief Mike Noonan.
The Admiral said that French warships and research vessels were the most frequent visitor from a foreign navy to Australian ports, with 12 arrivals a year.
“Since the signing of this contract our links have been tighter and tighter with the Australian navy, not only on submarines but every aspect of maritime warfare,” he said.
“Another area where I think we could go further is the escort of capital ships, like when our aircraft carrier comes to the Indian Ocean,” Admiral Prazuck said, adding he had discussed it with Australian navy chief Mike Noonan.
“Or I would like French frigates escorting Australian amphibious ships. When you are escorting a capital ship, it is very demanding but a very useful exercise. You learn a lot.”