French Foreign Legion Detachment Joins FS Mistral

April 15, 2020 (Google Translation) – Following the President of the Republic’s decision to deploy the amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA) of the French Navy as part of Operation Resilience, the Jeanne d’Arc group , composed of the PHA Mistral and the frigate Guépratte, while on a technical stopover in Male (Maldives), set sail for the southern Indian Ocean on March 26, 2020. As soon as it arrived off Mayotte on April 4, 2020, the Mistral deployed an on-board tactical group ( SGTE) composed of 66 soldiers in support of the Detachment of the Foreign Legion of Mayotte (DLEM), as part of support for local authorities. At the end of the landing of the SGTE, the two vessels took to the sea to reach the island of La Réunion, which they reached on Friday April 10, 2020 in the morning.

The purpose of this technical stopover was to load freight destined for local authorities in Mahorse to support the fight against the coronavirus. In total, nearly 350 pallets made up of more than 200 tonnes of water and food, masks and other sanitary equipment will be transported on board the Mistral. During this maneuver, contacts with the outside were limited to what was strictly necessary and all health measures were taken on board as well as on land, including compliance with barrier gestures, respect for distances and the wearing of safety equipment. The amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral and the frigate Guépratte left on Monday, April 13, 2020 to reach Mayotte and deliver on-board cargo at the end of the week.

Launched on March 25, 2020, Operation “Resilience” constitutes the contribution of the armed forces to the inter-ministerial engagement against the spread of COVID-19. With “Resilience”, the armies engage in all sectors where they can provide support to the civil authorities, by adapting their action to local contexts and within the framework of a permanent dialogue with the civil authorities. “Resilience” is an unprecedented military operation, dedicated to supporting public services and the French in the fields of health, logistics and protection, in mainland France and overseas, while taking into account the need to pursue operations for the benefit of the safety of the French, on the national territory, in the air, on the seas, in the cyber space, as on the external theaters.

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