Photo Credits: Chadi RACHID
On March 26, Blue Cedar, bilateral amphibious exercise organized by France and Lebanon, was held in the bay of Jounieh north of Beirut. As a sign of the French commitment for defense cooperation with Lebanon Cedar Blue was conducted for the second consecutive year jointly by the Lebanese Armed Forces and the French amphibious group deployed within the Jeanne d’Arc mission.
The Lebanese Armed Forces engaged a mechanized section equipped with M113 APCs, two airborne infantry platoons along with three UH-1H and two Gazelle helicopters, two EDIC landing craft and fifty naval commandos with their boats. One Cessna AC-208B Combat Caravan and three patrol boats completed the monitoring device.
On French side: besides the BPC Tonnerre and the Georges Leygues anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate, the amphibious group included two hundred legionaries of the 6th Light Armored Brigade, embarked with some fifty vehicles. A fast amphibious landing craft (EDAR), two barges carrying equipment, an Army Puma, two Army Gazelle and a Navy Alouette 3 helicopters completed the device during the year.
Sources & Photo credits: Lebanese Army Website, Ministère de La defense, AFP…
More photos can be seen on bpctonnerre.free.fr
In the presence of senior Army officers, major unit commanders and independent regiments as well as officers from the General Directorate of Internal Security Forces, the 3rd Intervention Regiment conducted a combat exercise simulating a landing operation and forming a beach bridge head for the units to advance and attack a spot occupied by terrorist groups.
The exercise was distinguished due to its precision and the high level of coordination between the different units which participated in the exercise. This exercise comes in a series of exercises conducted by the Army Special Forces to raise the level of combat readiness.
Source: Lebanese Army Website
“Path of Dignity” or “Darb Al-Karama” is the name of one of the latest Lebanese Army combat exercise conducted in Oyoun Al-Siman by the Air Assault Regiment with the participation of the Lebanese Air Force, the 1st Anti-tank Regiment and the 1st Armored Regiment. The exercise simulated the interception of a hostile armored unit which attempted to penetrate friendly lines by laying an ambush and destroying it.
Of course Elite Group Lebanon was on the spot as usual and delivers us some nice photo shots:
Photo Credits: Elite Group Lebanon/Samer Kassis
On June 27 2012, The Lebanese Armpy Maghaweer (Commado) Regiment conducted a night combat maneuver in conjunction with units of each of the Air Force and Navy, the Engineering and the first armored regiments in the Hamat area. the scenario was to simulate an attack against an entrenched terrorist group.
The maneuver included the use of Air Force helicopters and Nave vessels for landings as well as aerial reconnaissance by the Lebanese Air Force Cessna Caravan.
Source: Lebanese Army Website
Some stunning photos of the Lebanese Air Force helicopters (UH-1H and S-61N) scrambled to help the firefighting vehicles in battling the blaze of a carpet factory that was engulfed in flames in the coastal town of Safra, north of Beirut, collapsed on Friday May 11:
Photo Credits: Mansour Hachem
More of Mansour Hachem’s work can be seen on his photostream
As part of the French-Lebanese bilateral cooperation and in the same time the training of student officers of the Groupe Jeanne d’Arc 2012, an amphibious exercise called Blue Cedar was held on 13 and 17 March in Jounieh, north of Beyrouth. Set by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), blue Cedar has seen the implementation of joint assets. The LAF participated with a sub-arms task force (SGTIA) with M113 APCs, two landing craft infantry and tanks (EDIC), two Gazelle helicopters and three helicopters Bell UH1. French forces have been engaged from the PBC Dixmude with VAB APCs, an amphibious landing craft fast (EDAR), two barges transporting material (CTM) and two Gazelle helicopters.
A Wonderful photo report made by the ECPAD is available on their website, here are some of these photos:
More photos can be seen on http://www.ecpad.fr/liban-exercice-cebre-bleu
More Photos are also posted on http://bpc.dixmude.free.fr/:
ELITE GROUP LEBANON grants us with a set of photos of one of the best live exercise held in 2011 by the Lebanese Army Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment in the Aqoura region on early September.
Those photos came with a message from Elite Group Lebanon/Samer Kassis:
“Dear visitors of Military in the Middle East ,thank you for your support, wish you you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I promise you that we will post many many good photos in 2012