A French spy ship reserved for trouble spots joins USS Truman in Syrian waters

The advanced French Dupuy de Lome spy ship has reached Syrian waters and begun operating in conjunction with the USS Harry Truman and its five-ship strike force. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Dupuy le Lome is normally reserved by the Directorate of Military Intelligence of France (DRM) for deployment to the world’s flash points ahead of or amid military flareups. During the Ukraine war and the Russian invasion of Crimea (2014-2015), the French signal intelligence ship was seen repeatedly in the Black Sea while tracking Russian military movements.

Since last weekend, the US Air Force has maintained flights around the clock over Syria, according to an earlier DEBKAfile report. Some of the aircraft take off from the Truman’s flight decks.

Not much is known about the surveillance systems aboard the French spy ship, but they are believed to be state of the art. They include a radar/radiation warning system, satellite communications systems and at least two navigational radar locators. The ship also has equipment for eavesdropping on enemy communications and command centers, reading plain and coded email and listening in on mobile phone communications.
Beamed to the French ship is intelligence gathered by US reconnaissance aircraft which have been in the air over Syria since last May. These USAF MC-12S EMARSS and MC-12W Liberty planes have for some months been making passes over Syria from their base on the island of Crete. The UAF planes are equipped with an Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS-S) which can listen in on conversations among enemy command centers. They can also capture military installations on video for relay to the US Army’s DCGS-A intelligence data network.


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23 thoughts on “A French spy ship reserved for trouble spots joins USS Truman in Syrian waters

    • Nov 24, 2018 @ 15:35 at 15:35

      bibi wibi, boo bi woo bi?

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 5:39 at 5:39

      Tzipi, you can not really be dreaming of a PM position, go buy some new Dolce and Gabbana shoes, this should cool you down a bit.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 14:29 at 14:29

    Yes, President Macron, borders do matter. Patriotism and love of your own country is not something that should be thrown out in favor of a global government of unelected people who do not give a damn about your own people and government.

    That is why you are concerned about what is happening in many places thousands of miles away from France. Your actions overseas belie you words telling the world that patriotism is not important anymore. If you did not care about the safety and security of France then you would not be in the Mediterranean with an expensive war ship – you would not be sucking up to the UN and EU to imperial the power and control over France.

    Israel too cares about its people and is proud of its country and accomplishment. Get behind Israel and back civilization and quit sucking up to barbarians.

    Stop your pandering to totalitarians and bureaucrats and communists in Europe and worldwide and get behind countries in the West who do not want to travel with you on a journey to globalism and erasure of pride, freedom, country and security.

    • Nov 24, 2018 @ 15:07 at 15:07


    • Nov 24, 2018 @ 16:21 at 16:21

      It be ni@@er time, Holmes! We all ni@@ers now! What it is.

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 7:22 at 7:22

      President Macron needs to worry about what is happening in France as it burns with Yellow Vest Movements Riots, how Germany and France will be able to spend and defend EU without fully Funding their share of NATO and still support doing business with Iran regime. Moscow does not view Damascus in isolation from Israeli National Security or the Islamist threat to Russia. Turkey’s clandestine support for his Islamist allies is never far from Putin’s thoughts, and Putin knows that Tel Aviv has nothing to gain from hostility toward Moscow. Syria has number National Ethnic Groups concentrated as Iranian attempts to dominate the Alwites to which Assad needs to stay in Power on coast abutting Iran, the Kurds on Northeast, Sunni Arabs are in the Heartland. Assad may likely to face formidable challenge from Kurds who may receive support from their ethnic groups across it’s borders for autonomous status. The Smarter Play now is to back the Kurds to form a Nation in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. After all, it was the Kurds that have been doing to heavy fighting against ISIS and Iran and Syria can’t afford to take on anyone at this time. Neither can Turkey or Iraq. A New Kurdistan is long overdue in the Middle East for centuries anyway.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 14:34 at 14:34

    Correction in 2nd paragraph, should read:

    If you did not care about the safety and security of France, then you would not be in the Mediterranean with an expensive war ship. You should not be sucking up to the UN and EU and welcoming them in to take over and imperil the power and control over France.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 15:31 at 15:31

    I wonder if the French are there to spy for the US / Israel, . . . or the Russians.

    I would not put it past being either way, . . . especially the second.

    Macron is someone who should not be trusted any further than one can throw Mt. Vesuvius

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 9:18 at 9:18

      The french are doing and contributing to a New Dawning Middle East! The Kurds are Pro-Western. Middle Eastern People that dominate regions in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria with thousands of Western Volunteers. They are the Lead Fighters within the International Western Coalition against ISIS. The Kurds are a Poly-Ethnic People of Arabs, Assyrians, Syriac’s, Kurd’s, Yazidis with thousands of Volunteers and Military Advisers, especially from America, United Kingdom Australia, France, Spain, and Germany, India, South America and even Pacific Rim Nations including Taiwan and China.

      Do not confuse the Kurds of today with the Kurds of 40 years ago. These Kurds are able to establish a Secular Democracy that see the benefits working with the International Powers that observe the Geneva Convention and have the same Social Norms Seeds of Freedom as Israel, EU Constitutional, and America Democracies without Monarchs, Oligarchs, Theocracy’s, Dictators or Lifetime One Party Self-Appointed Rule.

      The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria better known as DFNS, is now known as “Rojava”, that is a de facto Autonomous Region in Northern Syria. It has 3 Self-Governing Kurdish Regions that they can easily defend in the Afrin, Jazira, and Euphrates Region. The Rojava Revolution is like the American Revolution of 1776, whereby, became a political upheaval and military conflict for eventual Independence but taking place but in Northern Syria. This is known among a few in the International Community of Nations and the Kurdish Nationalists simply call it “Rojava”! They created young fighters to protect neighborhoods and communities and actually led to the establishment of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria known as the DFNS in 2016.

      The Kurd’s of Rojava are the most Democratic, Multicultural and Multi-Religious group of dedicated Freedom Defenders that actually believe in ruling as a Multilateral Secular Society in Middle Eastern History since Ancient Egypt, Establishment of Israel 1948, and Modern Persia before 1979. Except the Rojava Revolution has adopted and practicing an American Separation of Powers Government that combines the mutual attainable ideas coming from King Cyrus of Persia, Moses Judges, Greek City-States Local Democracy Governments, Roman Senate Rule, and aspects of the French Revolution that welcomes all People, Religions and Cultures with Independent Judiciary Rule of Law Protections for all People of embracing Due Process for All. These are not the Kurdish Nationalist Movement from a Different Time, Group of People and Country of Turkey from 40 years ago.

      America, France, Israel, EU, China, India and even Russia will welcome and support the start of any Independent, National Kurdish Homeland in the Middle East that will unite the Rojava Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey as well. They know how to fight and remain under the radar making them the biggest fear of Assad Family, Iran’s Regime, Iraq’s Broken Government, and Turkey’s Erdoğan. They are totally opposed to the Concept of Domination by any One Political Party, One Religion Sect, One Ethnic National Group of People. They would welcome “Like Minded” Arabs, Armenians, Iraq’s, Persians, Alawites, Gazans, Lebanese, Houthis, Westerners, and even Israeli Druze. Seeking a place to be part of a Middle Eastern Independent National Homeland starting in Syria whose ideology is committed to a Free, Federal, Democratic Kurdistan type of Peaceful International Government protected from the very descendants that once led the War with the Crusaders and also a Truce. Known as Saladin and his family was of Kurdish ancestry, originated from the city of Dvin in Central Armenia.

      What few know and many are mistaken. There never has been an “Syria-American equipped Kurdish Militia” The YPG People’s Protection Units is a Kurdish Militia, are s Multi-Cultural-Religious-Ethnic-Fighter-Political Force that defeated ISIS and can stand against anyone at anytime. The Rojava Revolution Families have lost a generation of their young people fighting ISIS so that Middle Eastern, Western, Asian, and African families didn’t have to and the World owes them a debt of gratitude.

      Still, this Home Grown Regional Neighborhood Defense Forces of the Kurdish area of Syria emerged after the Civil War erupted in Syria and started to spill over into Syrian Kurdistan. They will not go away and are the start of changing the Middle East Economics, Governments, and few know it.

      • Nov 25, 2018 @ 10:09 at 10:09

        I need to correct a error I made, the “YPG People’s Protection Units is “NOT” A Kurdish Militia, “BUT” are a Multi-Cultural-Religious-Ethnic-Fighter-Political Force that truly defeated ISIS and can stand against anyone at anytime.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 16:31 at 16:31

    The French are a joke with along history of Military incompetence,,Screw up central in fact its the only ship they have that actually works properly

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 10:33 at 10:33

      The French were there to help make America with Lafayette and the French Navy. Washington DC is designed by a Frenchmen Pierre Charles L’Enfant. Napoleon sold America the Louisiana Purchase. France gave America the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World as proposed by Édouard René de Laboulaye, President of the French Anti-Slavery Society. Victor Hugo wrote one of the greatest English-Speaking Novels for the World in Les Misérables with Hugo explaining….”a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty, from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end.” Even Les Misérables the Musical was originally released as a French-Language concept album, and the first Musical-Stage adaptation of Les Misérables was presented at the Palais des Sports in 1980 but closed over Book Contract issues and reopen in 1983 in America and later Worldwide with Songs I adore to this very day! The French have learned much from the wold and shared much as well.

      America has always had agreements and disagreements with France many time before and will have more in the future but have more in common and less in dissent. Still, like many Human National, Cultural, and Global disagreements, what brings People Together are Food, Songs, Literature and Music and provides hope for the future of all us as well.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 19:39 at 19:39

    So is this a concession that the US doesn’t have these asset(s) available and they are needed given hypersonic missiles are kinda fast and don’t give much warning time, or the great and powerful Oz doesn’t have this capability?

    How many trillions of dollars is necessary to be able to keep up with countries with a GDP of Italy, like Russia? Seems like many, many, many, many Trillions.

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 20:07 at 20:07

    inspector clouseau Will surely solve the case

  • Nov 24, 2018 @ 22:02 at 22:02

    You r the only news site that didn’t report the 3000 case.
    You stopped report the protest in Gaza border even that this weekend they were 10000.
    You stopped report the 15 million dollar coming next month.
    You start report about a “war” coming soon.

    I have big doubts if you are actually a news site. Most likely propaganda site for politicians.

  • Nov 25, 2018 @ 0:16 at 0:16

    I am waiting for the EW to be turned on full blast. That silly ship will probably catch fire. 😉

  • Nov 25, 2018 @ 5:08 at 5:08

    ‘…intelligence ship joins USS Truman’…

    Hey wait a tic! OH SNAP!

    Like the USS Liberty attack by Israel in 1967, 20 years earlier President Truman was attacked by Israeli (Stern Gang/’early Israeli’} forces in 1947.

    Well how about them apples?

    Worse, this attack on an American president by both Israel and Israeli Lobby forces, just like the attack on the USS Liberty, has been successfully buried by power and corruption for decades

    This ‘Early Mossad/Israeli/Stern Gang’ Operation on President Truman has been kept from the American people for decades by the vast hasbara network of the Israel Lobby, drowned under the Sayanim Sea, so to speak

    “The extreme Zionists threatened me” – President Truman.

    Then Emmanuel Cellar POUNDED upon Mr. Truman’s desk and said, “And if you don’t come out for a Jewish state we’ll run you out of town.”

    Which brings us to President Harry Truman. By 1947 his ambivalent, at times even hostile, attitude toward the promoters of a “Jewish state” has become well known. The rest is history…

    Harry Truman letter b**b sent by the 1947 Zionist Stern Gang

    In 1947, Harry Truman was nearly the victim of a letter b**b sent by the Zionist Stern Gang. British intelligence alerted the Secret Service to a plot by the Gang to bomb British officials, and had already found one envelope containing explosive powder and a small detonator. Sure enough, the White House mail room found such a letter, and it was quickly defused. The incident was hushed up, and not revealed to the public until Truman’s daughter Margaret published her memoirs in 1972.

    Though the Zionists engaged in open battles against British troops their principle method of operation was terrorism, first in Palestine, later to include England and, as we shall see, elsewhere. Avraham Stern declared that his group’s goal was to establish a Jewish state based on “nationalist (bingo KAHANIST, fascist,yep) and totalitarian principles

    Some planned attacks were never carried out, for example sending agents to London to ass*ssinate Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin. Some attacks didn’t come off, for example on April 15, 1947 a Stern Gang agent planted a twenty-four stick b**b at the Colonial Office of Whitehall, the seat of British government, which failed to explode because of a faulty timer. Some attacks were thwarted, for example when the Stern Gang mailed booby-trapped letters – letter b**bs, designed to maim and k*ll – eventually totaling 21 in number, to various officials in England, including (in 1947) Ernest Bevin and his predecessor Anthony Eden. All but one, which injured two employees at a London post office, were intercepted in time. Other terrorist attacks succeeded only too well. The Stern Gang m*rdered Walter Guinness (Lord Moyne), the British Minister in State for the Middle East, in Cairo on November 6, 1944 (they also killed his driver, Arthur Fuller). The Irgun planted a huge seven piece time b**b in the King David Hotel, in Palestine, on July 22, 1946 k*lling 91 people and injuring 46, most of whom were not British officials. [3] On October 31, 1946 the Irgun b**bed the British Embassy in Rome, injuring three people. By 1947 the British are ready to give up on Palestine. [4]

    Which brings us to President Harry Truman. By 1947 his ambivalent, at times even hostile, attitude toward the promoters of a “Jewish state” has become well known. A few quotes, three taken from an article by David Martin, will give some indication of that attitude. [5] The first is from a letter Truman wrote to Edward Pauley dated October 22, 1946. [6] Speaking of the situation in Palestine:

    ‘ but the Jews themselves are making it almost impossible to do anything for them. They seem to have the same attitude toward the “underdog” when they are on top as they have been treated as “underdogs” themselves’


    From Truman’s Memoirs: [7]

    Then Emmanuel Cellar pounded upon Mr. Truman’s desk and said, “And if you don’t come out for a Jewish state we’ll run you out of town.”

    This, I’m sure, is the threat that Mr. Truman refers to in his book, saying [paraphrasing – A.W.], “The extreme Zionists threatened me.” They were Emmanuel Cellar, Rabbi Steven Wise, etc. These are not the extreme Zionists, these are just the run of the mill Zionists. What Mr. Truman did was to cave in to these threats that they would support Mr. Dewey.

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 5:26 at 5:26

      Well right now it’s a good thing for Israel they managed to catch and defuse that Stern Gang letter to Truman before it had gone off successfully because that might be awkward or even scary for Israel right now if the US parked the USS Truman right off the Israeli coast, under that set of historical circumstances

      It would probably be a moot point anyway because the US would perhaps never had recognized any kind of Israel at all, after that

      We could have sent the Marines over for a little Barbary Coast type of action on the Stern Gang and Begin

  • Nov 25, 2018 @ 7:16 at 7:16

    This portends a massive show down against the so called S-300

  • Nov 25, 2018 @ 14:39 at 14:39

    The French are relevant with tech and intelligence? I don’t think so!

    • Nov 25, 2018 @ 22:08 at 22:08

      America and intelligence is an oxymoron.

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