Surcouf Trains with Royal Malaysian Navy

June 10, 2021 (Google Translation) – After crossing the Strait of Malacca and conducted an operational break a few days on the island of Langkawi, the frigate La Fayette kind (FLF) Surcouf conducted a series of exercises with the Malaysian frigate Lekir 1 st June. This joint training, conducted independently by the Surcouf student-officers , made it possible to strengthen the interoperability between the two navies.

After a three-day stopover, the frigate Surcouf set sail from Langkawi for a series of exercises with the Malaysian frigate Lekir . On this occasion, the two vessels joined at sea to form formation in order to conduct simultaneous artillery fire. Lined up side by side, five hundred yards apart, the Surcouf and the Lekir headed for a floating target previously dropped by the Malaysians. Immediately within firing range, the French 100mm gun opened fire, followed a few moments later by the Lekir’s 57mm gun .. The result of this maneuver demonstrated the accuracy of the shots because the target, hit on several occasions, was severely damaged.

The two frigates then carried out a refueling exercise at sea. Thus, the Surcouf and the Lekir alternately presented themselves on the starboard beam of their partner, a little over 50 meters apart. The student officers present on the bridge were thus able to put into practice the experience already acquired during the JEANNE D’ARC 2021 mission. The midships’ skills in maneuvering were then put to the test during a series of ‘tactical evolutions. It was then a question of being quick in the understanding of the formations, precise in the calculation of the different hunting routes and lively in the execution.

In the middle of the afternoon, a Fennec helicopter of the Malaysian Armed Forces took some photographs of the two units before they finally separated, the Surcouf having to find the Tonnerre amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) in order to resume the course of his patrol in the Indian Ocean. This day of training with the Lekir frigate helped improve interoperability between the French and Malaysian navies.

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