Operation Chammal: Sea Rescue Exercise for Chevalier Paul

September 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the eastern Mediterranean since the beginning of August, Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul carried out an operational release in Cyprus, in the port of Larnaca, thus allowing the strengthening of the cooperation between the Navy and the Cypriot Army.

After a preparatory meeting at the Larnaca Sea Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), the various units conducted a rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast. In addition to Knight Paul and his Caiman on- board helicopter , an AW-139 patrol boat and Cypriot armed forces helicopter participated in the training.

Shortly after his departure, the Knight Paul fictitiously transmitted a rescue call to JRCC Larnaca. He immediately triggered a rescue plan and assigned a search area per unit. The four castaways, represented by dummies, were located and recovered by each of the participants. Training of winches between the Cypriot helicopter and the Chevalier Paul and between the French Caiman and the Tsomakis patrol boat were carried out to simulate medical care.

A positive balance for this training. Mutual knowledge, sharing of good practices, interoperability, … as many key issues to improve the rescue at sea.

The French and Cypriots have thus been able to validate common operating procedures that they might have to apply in the case of a real rescue mission.

Launched since 19 September 2014, Operation Chammal represents the French participation in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and now employs nearly 1,100 soldiers. At the request of the Iraqi government and in coordination with France’s allies present in the region, the Chammal operation is based on two complementary pillars: a “training” pillar for Iraqi national security units and a “support” pillar. to support the action of local forces engaged on the ground against Daesh and to strike the military capabilities of the terrorist group.