On 18 June, the Prairial leaving San Diego, the second largest naval base of the US Navy and home port of the 3 th Fleet, towards Pearl Harbor to participate in the exercise “Rim of the Pacific 2018″ , the largest naval gathering in the world. This exercise runs from June 27th to August 2nd, on and off the Hawaiian Islands, as well as in Southern California.
The week-long crossing from California took place in a ” Sail Group “, made up of eight ships from the French, American, Canadian, Chilean and Peruvian navies.
During this joint navigation, numerous joint activities took place, making it possible to test the combined procedures. In turn, each unit provided tactical control of the group for 24 hours, organizing multi-calibres fire on surface drones, tactical evolutions, exchanges of personnel or several refueling at sea.
In Pearl Harbor, the Prairial and its helicopter represent France in a force of 26 nations and among 46 other surface ships, 5 submarines, 18 national land contingents, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 seafarers in the area. Asia Pacific. This exercise strengthens cooperation between nations, which is essential for the security of maritime communications.