Jeanne d’Arc 2019 Deployed

March 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 25 February 2019, the Amphibious Helicopter Carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the Fregate (FLF) La Fayette set sail for the Jeanne d’Arc 2019 mission, with on board 130 student officers who, for five months, prepare for their future responsibilities aboard the units of the French Navy. The departure ceremony was presided over by General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, who spoke directly to the student officers and recalled the stakes of the mission: ” A mythical mission, which is in a way the mother of all the missions of the French Navy.”

During their deployment, the PHA Thunder and the frigate La Fayette will form, with the detachments of the Army embarked (150 military and 2 Gazelle helicopters), an amphibious group capable of intervening on a course of more than 22 000 nautical, from the Mediterranean Sea, to the Gulf of Mexico through Indian Ocean. This is the first long-term operational deployment for this new Marine Officer Application School promotion. Over the days at sea, these 130 French and foreign officers will be brought to participate in operational activities, using modern means. Other trainees from different backgrounds will join them to discover life on board crew: administrators of maritime affairs, doctors of armies, engineers of the Directorate General of Armament, second lieutenants of the Military School of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan …

The group “Jeanne d’Arc” will support anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations (Sea Guardian, Enduring Freedom, Atalanta operations). It will also fulfill sovereignty missions, asserting the French presence at sea, especially in the Mozambique Channel, off Guiana or in the West Indies. This operational mission is an ideal framework for the practical training of naval officers prior to their assignment to the forces next summer.