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French frigate heads to Baltic Sea for 'Danex' naval exercise


The La Motte-Picquet frigate of French Navy.

PARIS (BNS): French Navy's anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet has set sail for the Baltic Sea to take part in the annual multi-national ‘Danex’ naval exercise hosted by Denmark.

The warship will participate for the first time in the maritime exercise which is beginning on August 16, the French Navy said.

On its way to the venue, the frigate will halt at the Danish capital Copenhagen for four days from August 11 to 15 where the ship’s captain and crew members will witness celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the Danish Navy.

The La Motte-Picquet will be homebound on August 30.

Danex 2010 will kick off in the Baltic Sea around the island of Bornholm on August 16 and will conclude on August 26.

Nearly 30 ships from 12 nations and a number of helicopters and aircraft will participate in the exercise.

The goal of this exercise is to train the units in cooperation in coastal operations in an out of area environment, focusing on operations that take place in unstable regions, according to Denmark.

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