December 9, 2016 – The ability of the carrier battle group to take to the sea, based on efficient logistics. This is based on the expertise of the logistics office of the onboard staff aboard the aircraft carrier, supported by the command and supply ship “La Marne” and 165 sailors.
GAN, consisting of 3,000 sailors over 6 warships requires a regular supply for optimal operation. “The goal is to ensure the autonomy of fuel, food, ammunition, drugs and materials replacement of all buildings of the Task Force,” says Commander Paul, head of logistics for the state -Major the carrier battle group. “We ravitaillons on average each building strength once a week.”
For this, the Marne is a real ‘life line’ between land and sea to the battle group. His regular trips between La Sweden, Cyprus and the operational area off Syria can meet the needs of deployed units. “In an area of approximately 400 nautical or the distance from Paris to Toulon, we can bring to each of the French or foreign vessels of the naval group, all the support it must have to operate in the best conditions.”
If logistics planning, business early in the deployment, for sizing the supply to meet the needs of the fleet and its aircraft, unexpected abound. As highlighted in the logistics of the onboard staff: “We must sometimes carry a very special piece or replenish another that has just been removed from storage. Sometimes, missions are extended. What matters is our ability to adapt. ”
The 165 sailors of the crew of BCR Marne enough for their “clients”. Operating the services of a real supermarket coupled with a service station open day and night, they ensure all “pit stops in the sea” (RAM) during the mission.
Whatever the state of the sea and the wind, the refueling maneuver is demanding and leaves no room for improvisation. One of the buildings has run for about fifty meters from the other that guides maintaining a stable road speed. Once “in post”, the two buildings take the same course and the same speed (usually about twenty kilometers per hour) at fifty meters for the duration of the refueling.
It is during this phase that the cables are stretched between the two units to allow to route the impressive handle that allows for refueling, or even pallets to transit between the two boats (80 on average for a transfer between the Marne and the Charles de Gaulle). With transfers from 300 to 400 cubic meters of fuel for a frigate, 1500 cubic meters of jet fuel “TR5” for the Charles de Gaulle aircraft, hours of operation are often necessary.
The supply can also be placed between two buildings for simultaneous refueling two “clients” or even three times through the “refueling boom”, with a final building set back from the other three. Once the full facts, the building off again, ready to resume his mission aircraft, without the obligation to enter a port. often precious hours to maintain the tempo of operations over Iraq and Syria.
The French aircraft carrier battle group is currently deployed to strengthen the military means of Chammal mission French component of the Inherent Resolve operation. It helps to intensify the fight against Daesh, particularly in Iraq, a key moment when the efforts for two years are bearing fruit and that part of Iraqi territory has been liberated from the yoke of Daesh.