March 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – After participating in the NATO exercise “Dynamic Manta 19”, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Auvergne continued its deployment in the Ionian Sea by conducting a Franco-Italian anti-submarine warfare exercise.
On 8 March 2019, the Auvergne joined off the Italian FREMM Alpino off Catania and an Italian submarine dedicated for the duration of the exercise to the search and the pursuit of the two frigates. During this operational training, the two vessels supported by their onboard Caiman helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft were able to demonstrate a high level of interoperability in a wide range of tactical areas, including information systems and communication, tactical data links or the optimized exploitation of their sensors, especially in the fight against the sea.
At the end of the exercise, strong testimony of their liaison officers embarked on each of the frigates and delighted with this new experience, the two commanders confirmed the relevance of this collaboration and the mutual operational enrichment that are the result of maneuvers complex and coordinated tactics, conducted by the crews of neighboring nations.
This bilateral cooperation confirms the ability of these two neighboring naval powers to jointly ensure the security of their maritime approaches in a field of struggle that requires constant attention and endurance.