July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – From July 15 to 19, 2019, a detachment of the Spanish Air Force Mobile Air Forces (FAMET) joined the Task Group 625.01 of the Jeanne d’Arc 2019 mission, composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre and the frigate La Fayette .
Two Cougar type FAMET helicopters embarked on the Thunder off Spain before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by the Task Group, which they accompanied until his return to Toulon on July 20th.
This operational readiness activity aims at developing interoperability between the two armed forces, in particular between the FAMETs and the Army Light Aviation Detachment on board with Gazelle helicopters.
The week will have been rich in operational exchanges: sessions of posing, transport of personnel and equipment or training in approach procedures and guidance from the building
This joint training reinforces the defense cooperation between the two historical allies, France and Spain.
This was the opportunity for the Thunder crew to confirm its ability to accommodate aircraft from allied nations and for the FAMETs to consolidate their ability to dock on a mobile platform at sea. The student officers of the mission Jeanne d ‘ Arc became familiar with combined operations and procedures.