May 21, 2021 (Google Translation) – Having left Brest a week earlier, the Normandy Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) completed the first phase of its spring deployment on May 17. Engaged in the Norwegian Sea in exercise RAGNAR VIKING, Normandy thus entered fully into an intense sequence of combined training.
Staging a landing of Allied forces in Norway under enemy threat, RAGNARD VIKING assembled off the island of Tarva, near the Arctic Circle, an amphibious group consisting of the USS Iwo Jima , the USS San Antonio , of HMS Albion , HNoMS Skjold, respectively American, British and Norwegian , and his escort: HNoMS Otto Sverdrup , USS Ross and Arleigh Burke , HMS Lancaster and FREMM Normandie .
In turn called upon for their deep strike capabilities thanks to the Naval Cruise Missile (MdCN), anti-submarine warfare and distant air watch, the crew of the Normandie fully fulfilled their role within the protection of amphibious operations.
Once the objectives of exercise RAGNAR VIKING were achieved, the group formed around the amphibious ship USS Iwo Jima went to meet the British carrier strike group north of the Hebrides Islands articulated around the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth .
Having taken leave of her training comrades, Normandy slipped between the northern islands of Great Britain, heading south for its next activity.