October 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – Objective: The certification of France to command a NATO maritime operation. France, a nation involved in NATO Defense and Security missions, has just completed the “Dynamic Mariner 2020” certification exercise to take command of the maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2021.
Certify a joint but also international embarked staff, and train thousands of soldiers from 7 NATO nations, to react, adapt and conduct a large-scale operation from the sea; this was the stake of the DYNAMIC MARINER exercise which took place from September 27 to October 9, 2020 in the western Mediterranean. During the two intensive weeks of training, the units of the force were confronted with threats as different as they were complex, which forced the participants to coordinate, even in degraded situations, to face together the dangers and challenges of each engagement. . Objective of the build-up and then of the tactical phase of the exercise: cohesion, the sharing of know-how, and interoperability within NATO forces.
From the on-board staff, in this case aboard the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral , Rear Admiral Aussedat indeed commanded a force of around thirty ships with complementary skills in the various fields of fight and the know-how of the crews helped make this exercise a success.
From September 27 to October 4, all the participants experienced a first phase of ramp-up during which each process was scrupulously tested and refined to culminate in a tactical phase of total crisis until October 8, when the commitments were made. particularly intensified. From mine warfare to amphibious operations, including anti-aircraft or anti-submarine defense, the many areas of combat of the French Navy put to the test during this mission, will soon be the headquarters French rapid reaction (FRMARFOR), a unit certified to take command of the maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF). It will then be the 5 th time that our country takes its turn of alert for one year, the next not being scheduled before 2026.