FS Courbet Works With US Navy and Coast Guard in Arabian Gulf

November 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – From October 15 to November 12, 2018, in the Arabian-Persian Gulf, the light stealth frigate (FLF) Courbet joined Task Force 55 (TF55), under US command. His mission was to escort American ships and conduct various mutual training at sea to maintain interoperability with the US Navy and the US Coast Guard.

Throughout its period of operations in the Arabian Gulf, several American liaison officers have succeeded aboard the Courbet to facilitate the exchange of information with the TF55 and to streamline the planning and conduct of operations.

From its first day of integration, the frigate was tasked with escorting US support ship USNS Choctaw County, and a few days later escorting supply tanker USNS Alan Shepard.

This Franco-American collaboration continued with training alongside USS Chinook, USCG Maui and USCG Wrangell. After a meeting between commanders of units aboard the Courbet to finalize the organization of the program, a series of exercises was conducted for several days including group evolutions and coordinated shots.

A few days later, joint training continued with frigate Jason Dunham. Both buildings conducted touch-and-go (TAG) sessions for the Jason Dunham MH-60 helicopter, as well as aerial and asymmetric threat exercises.

After these joint training and escort missions that have helped to strengthen cooperation and develop interoperability between the Navy and the US Navy, the Courbet, still under operational command of the Admiral Commander Maritime Zone Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN ) crossed the Strait of Ormuz to resume its fight against narcotraffic mission in the Combined Task Force 150.

Created on January 15, 2008 following the agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates, the 650 soldiers of the French forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU) have for mission to develop the bilateral and regional military cooperation, but also to welcome the troops from the metropolis and foreign contingents to complete their aging in desert and urban areas. The commander of the FFEAU is also commander of the maritime zone Indian Ocean. In this capacity, he exercises operational control over the French units deployed in his area of ​​responsibility, which extends from the south of the Suez Canal to the western limits of the waters of Myanmar, Indonesia and Australia.