February 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, presided on Monday, February 25, 2019, the departure ceremony of the group “Jeanne d’Arc 2019”, composed of PHA Tonnerre and FLF La Fayette with on board, 130 student officers. This five-month operational deployment will take them from Toulon to the Caribbean via the Suez Canal, the Indian Ocean and the Cape of Good Hope.
During the fitting-out ceremony of the “Jeanne d’Arc 2019” group, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces reminded the officers in training and the crew of the “operational purpose” of the mission: ” the commander of the Jeanne d’Arc group received an operational mission. The deployment was designed to contribute to the strategic functions of prevention and protection, maintaining an intervention capacity. In just a few days you will be confronted with the reality and tensions of the geostrategic context. ”
About the Joan of Arc mission
train the young student officers to practice operational duties on the Navy units in the summer of 2019;
ensure, through an operational deployment, a presence and pre-positioning of resources in our areas of interest;
maintain a high level of interoperability with our allies and strengthen the influence of France abroad.
The mission of Joan of Arc 2019
The amphibious group is composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the Lafayette type frigate (FLF) La Fayette. A tactical group of the Army with 2 Gazelles helicopters of the Army Light Aviation board to Djibouti, 150 soldiers with their vehicles coming from the 21st regiment of marine infantry (RIMa) and of the 1st Foreign Regiment of Engineering (REG).
79 ship signs including 8 foreign officers included in the Naval School’s 2016 promotion
36 long contract officers named “OM / SC”
8 commissioners-students of Marine anchor armies
7 foreign officers from Australia, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Morocco (2) and the United Kingdom.
They will be joined, for short periods, by administrators of maritime affairs, doctors of the armies, engineers of the Directorate General of Armament and ten second lieutenants of the School of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan and 15 trainees. EDHEC from the Advanced Management Program .