May 25, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Saturday May 15, 2021, after two days of operational break in compliance with the health constraints due to COVID-19, the crew of the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Forbin left the Scottish port of Fairlie to reach the area of FORMIDABLE SHIELD 21 sea demonstration and exercise, west of the Hebrides.
Forbin joined the international Task Group (TG) specializing in air and missile defense. This maritime force is commanded from the Spanish frigate Cristóbal Colón by Captain Jonathan Lipps of the Strikefornato Operational Staff. The TG brings together around fifteen buildings and several aircraft from ten Allied navies (Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, United Kingdom, United States, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands).
From May 16, the first interactions began with foreign buildings. In this context, the Forbin was supplied at sea by USNS Supply, at the same time as the Danish frigate Iver Huitfeldt. This maneuver is always delicate because the buildings must maintain a common road for almost an hour, less than fifty meters apart from each other. Subsequently, seven buildings came together to conduct a cannon firing exercise on a floating target, under the direction of Forbin. The on-board Panther helicopter carried out several maritime surveillance flights and landing training on Allied ships.
At the heart of the theme of FORMIDABLE SHIELD 21, several air defense training sessions have been carried out. Hostile aircraft attacks were simulated to test the capabilities of the maritime force to act together and share information to ensure an air protection bubble around the identified valuable units. The FDA Forbin, in charge of the command of the anti-aircraft warfare of the force, has been designated to organize the implementation of this training but also the coordination of air defense between the different units.