Atlantique 2 Deployed to Djibouti for Red Sea Exercise

March 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – From March 2 to 19, a detachment of the French maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 (ATL2) was deployed to Djibouti as a precursor to the CLEMENCEAU 21 mission, the operational deployment of the Carrier Strike Group (GAN) articulated around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

Stationed on the 188 air base of the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ), the military support point in this strategic maritime zone, the ATL 2 carried out patrols in order to control the maritime environment for the benefit of the GAN during its progress between the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.

The maritime situation, developed and transmitted by ATL2, allows the GAN to adapt its mission and its operational posture before crossing a risk zone. On the outskirts of Yemen, attacks by surface drones and from missiles fired from the coast can occur.

In addition, the ATL2 informs the GAN about any possible underwater activity. The support provided by the maritime patrol aircraft to Task Force 473 (TF 473) is therefore essential to anticipate and counter potential asymmetric threats. The Atlantic 2 contributes in this way for the successful completion of the mission in this sensitive area.

The French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) represent a strategic point of support thanks to the establishment of 5 permanent foreign military bases on a territory as large as Brittany. They also experienced an unprecedented and particularly dense air and sea sequence.

The FFDJ supported simultaneously a dozen buildings of the Navy component of TF 473, the air defense frigate Chevalier Paul, multi-mission frigate Provence , the Belgian frigate Leopold 1 st , the command building and refueling Var, the Rubis-type nuclear attack submarine, and the ATL2 but also, coming from the mission of the Jeanne d’Arc group, made up of the amphibious helicopter carrier Tonnerre and the frigate Surcouf .

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