July 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 24, 2019, while the Command and Supply Building (BCR) Somme was in the final phase of its training process after a major technical stop of more than 5 months in the Iroise Sea, the building receives a distress call. This message is issued from a sailboat encountering navigation difficulties near the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse (29).
The Somme was in evaluation phase by the training division of the Naval Action Force when it was put in operational condition (MECO). This training phase allowed the building to conduct a wide range of exercises. The next day, after having conducted a final exercise of assistance, the sailors of the BCR Somme led in real assistance on a sailboat in distress in collaboration with a building of the SNSM.
The crew then very quickly realized the importance of the training carried out a few days earlier, both on the automatisms of the sailors on board and on the improvement of the know-how.
This assistance was also an opportunity to highlight the mutual aid values of seafarers, these values that sediment the profession of soldiers and sailors.
It is therefore proud of its action that the Somme has left the sailing boat, safely, to the good care of the SNSM with the target of the end of its maintenance period in operational condition.