December 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – Departing from Brest on September 7, 2019, the metropolitan support and assistance building (BSAM) Garonne docked at its port-base on December 4, 2019, at the end of its long-term deployment (DLD) led by the Permanent Commission for the Programs and Tests of the vessels of the fleet (CPPE).
The objective of this mission was to verify all of the ship’s military characteristics with a view to its admission to active service. She brought the vessel to navigate in varied environments from the North Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean.
This deployment was in particular an opportunity to strengthen the partnership with our allies, in particular with the Danish navy during the passages of the Garonne in Iceland and Greenland.
As part of the competition for the various administrations of the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon archipelago, the building transported more than 20 tonnes of freight to the mainland, demonstrating its remarkable support capacity.
Wherever it went, the Garonne aroused curiosity and interest as much by the aesthetics of its lines as by the wide spectrum of missions that it can cover thanks to the modularity of the platform. This interest was particularly materialized during the stopover in Baltimore where the American public wanted to make donations during the open day. Nearly 600 euros were thus collected. This sum will be transferred equally in the form of donations to the Entraide Marine and the National Society for Sea Rescue ( SNSM ).
During its deployment, BSAM Garonne and its crew traveled 14,214 nautical miles, crossed the Arctic Circle, carried out 3 tows and made 10 stopovers in 9 different countries.
Ordered by the General Directorate of Armament (DGA) at the Kership shipyard, the four BSAMs are built according to civil standards and the specific requirements of the French Navy. By their versatility, they meet military operational needs (towing and force support) and maritime missions falling under State action at sea and entrusted to the French Navy (rescue, assistance, environmental protection , police).
Endowed with a double military crew, alternating between period at sea and on land, the BSAM can take on a crew of 17 sailors and 12 additional people. 70 meters long, 16 meters wide, they move 2,960 tonnes at full load with a propulsion power of 5,200 kilowatts.