FS Languedoc Completes Indian Ocean & Hormuz Patrol

November 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – Languedoc is back in the Mediterranean after six-month deployment in the Indian Ocean. After a patrol in the eastern Mediterranean and exercise fictitious firing cruise missiles with units of the VI th US Fleet also deployed in the area, the frigate FREMM multi-mission) is docked this week in Toulon.

Departing on April 25, the FREMM was integrated into Operation AGÉNOR, the military component of the EMASoH initiative ( European led Maritime Situation Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz) .

For six months, Languedoc and its Caiman helicopter thus contributed to strengthening the surveillance of maritime activity and guaranteeing freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic area for European economic interests.

This long-term deployment took advantage of the double-manned frigate model. Indeed, a crew change was conducted this summer, allowing the frigate to be kept in the area of ​​operations for six months. This changeover, which took place at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi, constitutes the first crew change in operation for a FREMM.

Once again, after its return, crew A, currently in charge of Languedoc , will thus pass the relay back to crew B, crew rotations being scheduled every 4 months.

The control of the sanitary conditions allowing during this deployment of Languedoc was a key factor for the smooth running of the mission.

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