France shares its amphibious know-how with its allies

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – After Poland and Germany, it was France that hosted in Toulon from 20 to 25 May 2019 the NATO meeting on amphibious doctrine.

Jointly organized by the Navy Staff, the Land Forces Command and the Naval Task Force Staff, the event brought together some 20 officers from NATO member countries or partners . This panel of experts called AOWG (Amphibious Operation Working Group) reflects on present and future amphibious operations and continuously develops the framework of common tactics, rules and standards allowing maximum interoperability of NATO countries in this field. joint amphibious complex. The amphibian is one of the rare operational areas simultaneously implementing aeronautical and land-based means, in a situation of front opening from the sea. Airborne troops, mechanized machines, air fire support can be integrated within a amphibious force.

France is in this capacity, one of the few nations able to deploy all the naval, land and air assets contributing to amphibious operations, NATO standard.

It is for example thanks to this standardization that the amphibious helicopter carrier Diksmuide was able to integrate easily into a Franco-Dutch amphibious force during the exercise “Trident Juncture” this autumn off the coast of Norway. It is also thanks to this upstream work that major Franco-American operational deployments such as “Bois Belleau 100” in the Arab-Persian Gulf are made possible.

In terms of amphibious and airborne operations, France has a recognized expertise that allows it to intervene on a wide range of missions, assistance to populations such as the Caribbean following the passage of hurricane Irma, to high-intensity external operations as in Operation Harmattan in Libya, placing it in a very small circle of nations with “war proven” know-how.