18 August 2017, a little more than a year after the formation of the first crew of Auvergne , the latest of the multi-mission frigates set sail for its first operational deployment, which will lead it to the Indian Ocean for a little more than four months. This deployment is part of the verification of the unit’s military capabilities before being admitted to active service in an area where there are opportunities for operational interaction with riparian countries and our allies present in theater.
For this deployment, the Auvergne embarked an NH90 detachment of the 31F and various reinforcements specific to the missions that the unit will be led to drive to the south of the Indian Ocean. Its crew is also reinforced by sailors of the Transformation and reinforcement groups of Brest and Toulon.
This equipment comes to close a year of ramp-up, started on August 16 in Lorient and which saw the crew conduct the official tests before acceptance in the autumn, then acquire its first operational qualification at the end of May 2017, at the end (MECO) in May 2017. It also marks the beginning of the operational life of Auvergne which begins today, with the “long-term deployment”.