March 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – From March 10 to 12, the Jeanne d’Arc group participated in exercise WAKRI, a large-scale joint exercise organized by the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj). The objective of the Amphibious Task Group was to land in a time constrained an Embarked Tactical Group (GTE) capable of joining and integrating a Combined Arms Tactical Group (GTIA) already in combat in the land, then to re-embark it urgently. .
Exercise WAKRI is now an annual meeting of the JEANNE D’ARC mission. This year, the training group, made up of the Tonnerre amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) and the Surcouf frigate , was integrated into a particularly realistic high-intensity scenario, also involving numerous resources from the Army and the French Army. Air and Space Army. This scenario was based on a braking operation of an enemy advance in order to evacuate nationals.
After having ensured the control of the air and sea space and the reconnaissance of the coasts in particular by means of the Surcouf and the Panther helicopter of the 36F, the Task Group (TG) had the Embedded Tactical Subgroup (SGTE) disembark from Tonnerre . The latter is composed of a headquarters company 2 e Foreign Infantry Regiment (REI), a section of the 13 th half-brigade of the Foreign Legion (DBLE), an armored platoon of the 1 st Regiment fpahis (RS), two combat engineering sections 31 e engineering regiment (RG), a surface to air artillery section 54 eRegiment artillery (RA) and a controller team developed J anointed terminal attack controller (JTAC) 3 e marine artillery regiment (RAMa). This landing was made possible thanks to the assistance of the Panther of the PHA and the skippers of the Amphibious Flotilla (Rapid Amphibious Landing Vehicle (EDAR) and Material Transport Barges (CTM)). Four American stars protected the inland waterway during its transits between the Tonnerre and the beach. Also benefiting from fire support from the two Gazelle helicopters from the Army Light Aviation detachment on board the PHA, the SGTE was able to establish and maintain a bridgehead. He secured the beach and was able to reconfigure himself before starting his raid.
At the same time, the Surcouf had to face an aerial threat simulated by a Mirage 2000 of the FFDJ and provide fire support for the benefit of the SGTE. During the ground raid, the Panther carried out several medical evacuation exercises for the benefit of the injured by improvised explosive devices. Despite intensifying threats, SGTE nonetheless joined the point of meeting with the elements of the 5 e Régiment Joint Overseas (RIAOM).
The Marine commandos also joined the exercise by performing a parachute jump into the sea, simulating an extraction of VIP nationals. These were recovered by the frigate Surcouf . The exercise ended for the amphibious group with the emergency re-embarkation of the SGTE. Deployed during the exercise in the Gulf of Aden for the CLEMENCEAU 21 mission, the carrier strike group also took part in the support provided to the forces on land thanks to the implementation of two Rafale Marine guided by the controllers. JTAC aerials.
In total, the Joan of Arc Task Group will have landed nearly 138 soldiers and no less than 22 vehicles.
The participation of the Joan of Arc mission in this exercise contributes to the training of the Joint Command Post (PCIA) of Djibouti to plan and conduct an air-land operation including an amphibious component. Carried out in conditions close to the theaters in which France is involved, this exercise maintains and confirms the projection capacity of joint forces, made possible by a high level of amphibious know-how.