FS Fulmar Takes Part in Exercise ARGUS 21 off Greenland

June 22, 2021 (Google Translation) – On June 14, the public service patrol vessel Fulmar set sail from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon to reach Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, after five days of navigation in the Labrador Sea. Since June 21, it has participated in the international exercise ARGUS 21 in the fields of search and rescue at sea as well as in the fight against willful pollution.

The Fulmar thus joined the Danish patrol vessel Her Danish majesty ship (HDMS) Ejnar Mikkelsen , the American vessel United States coast guard cutter (USCGC) Maple and the patrol vessel Sisak of the Nuuk police force. Helicopters, maritime patrol planes and firefighters also completed this international force. In addition, the Joint rescue coordination center (JRCC) in Nuuk and the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) of the Danish army oversee all operations.

From the first hours of exercise ARGUS 21, maneuver training began with the Maple. In this context, towing presentations enabled vessels to practice maintaining a stable position for several minutes within forty meters of each other. The purpose of this maneuver is to simulate the passage of the rigging between the rear shelf of the tug and the front shelf of the towed vehicle. Although both ships have excellent maneuvering skills, the current and drift in the fjords can be surprising. In addition, due to their size difference, the wind has a very different influence on each of them. These maneuvers, even if they are not followed by an actual towing, require a lot of concentration and a fine appreciation of the surroundings. Many other exercises, with increasing difficulty, are to come.

Finally, this type of exercise off Greenland is a unique opportunity for the Fulmar , which also provides a Search and rescue ( SAR ) alert all year round in Saint-Pierre. In fact, it is an opportunity for each sailor to train in operational conditions while developing the ability of the crew to work in a multinational setting, alongside the allied nations of North America and the United States. ‘Arctic.

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