November 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the Indian Ocean since August 2018, the frigate Courbet took advantage of her operational release in Djibouti from 19 to 21 November, to carry out several exercises including a Tarpon exercise with the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj), before leaving the area by the straits of Bab El-Mandeb.
Complex exercise involving many means, the Tarpon is to project on a building to the sea a commando detachment parachuted with his equipment, to meet an urgent need. Such a maneuver saves forces while maintaining the ability to quickly and discreetly deploy commandos in areas of action that require it.
The dropping of fifteen parachutists and eight crates of equipment was carried out from a Transall Air Force. The four boats of Courbet ensured the recovery of commandos and equipment at sea. Once on board, the commandos were able to conduct exercises of tactical evolutions aboard the frigate or assault by force from the sea .
The presence of Courbet allowed the Puma helicopters of the FFDj to make 25 landings. It was also an opportunity to strengthen the commando team by setting up FFDj marines by smooth rope from a helicopter.
At the end of this last joint training the frigate started a new patrol in the Red Sea, the last phase of its long-term deployment under the operational command of the Admiral Commander Indian Ocean Maritime Zone.
Created on January 15, 2008 following the agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates, the 700 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 (ALINDIEN). 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.