September 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, August 23, 2018, the BSAH Rhône left its base port, Brest, for a long-term deployment (DLD) to assess its military capabilities in cold water and hot water before admission to active duty.
The second unit in a series of four buildings, the Rhone is intended to provide the Navy with towing and offshore support capabilities.
The BSAH has circumnavigated the Northeast Passage (from the Norwegian Sea to the Bering Strait, through the Barents, Kara, Laptev, Eastern Siberia and Chukchi Seas). On September 14, 2018, the Rhone crossed the Bering Strait between the tip of Russia and Alaska. He will return to Brest by transiting through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
This long-lasting deployment is unique because it is the first time that a Navy vessel has taken this route. This operation illustrates the ability of BSAH to deploy for a long time in an environment with extreme and versatile weather conditions.
Finally, beyond enhancing the expertise of the Navy crews to sail and operate in the Arctic zone, this type of deployment increases the meteorological and oceanographic knowledge of the areas crossed.
Commissioned in 2015 and built to civil standards and specific requirements of the French Navy, the Offshore Support and Assistance Buildings, by their versatility , meet military operational requirements (towing and support forces) and maritime missions State action at sea entrusted to the French Navy (rescue, assistance, protection of the environment, police).
Delivered last April, the BSAH Rhône should be admitted to active service in December 2018