June 2, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday May 26, 2021, the Garonne Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) docked at Port Bérénice in Egypt. It is the first vessel of a foreign navy to call at the new Egyptian naval base in the Red Sea. During this stopover, the commander of the Garonne was received by Vice-Admiral Oussama Saleh, commander of the naval base, and received words of welcome on behalf of the Egyptian navy.
For a few hours, the crew was able to take advantage of the new sports facilities which had been privatized in order to keep the building’s sanitary bubble.
The next day, on departure for the continuation of its deployment, the Garonne carried out joint training with the frigate Najim Al Zafir during which asymmetric wrestling, tactical evolution and refueling exercises were carried out.
The two navies are regular partners in the Mediterranean Sea and take advantage of all possible interactions to maintain a good level of mutual knowledge, particularly in the Mediterranean basin where the two countries are leading players. Among the last joint exercises during the passage of the carrier strike group in the Red Sea at the beginning of May, the frigate El Fateh and the fighter planes of the Egyptian Armed Forces had conducted high-level interactions with the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its Rafale Marine.