Deployed since April 29, 2021 in the Eastern Mediterranean and then in the Indian Ocean maritime zone, the Languedoc Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) and its Caiman helicopter require efficient and permanent logistical support to be able to operate over time in sometimes difficult conditions.
Before docking on May 29, 2021 within the French forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU), the frigate and its helicopter were subjected to extreme weather conditions – heat, humidity – putting their equipment to the test.
Thus, the support of Operational Logistics (LOGOPS) is essential to maintain the installations and repair the various damages. The rapid delivery of spare parts to a unit whose area of action changes daily is a challenge sometimes requiring the use of exceptional means.
In order to provide the frigate in operation with the spare parts it needed, equipment was dropped at sea on August 23, 2021. Leaving the metropolis, the equipment was transferred to the area of operation until it was dropped in sea by a maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 of the 21F, deployed in Operation AGENOR. This aero-drop enabled FREMM Languedoc to quickly regain the availability of one of its equipment.
The frigate, as part of its mission to protect French interests in the region, was able to accompany a French merchant ship to cross the Strait of Hormuz.
FREMM Languedoc thus participates in the preservation of the freedom of navigation and the securing of maritime flows in the Arabian Gulf region. The action of the frigate, supplemented by regular flights of an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft , allows a better appreciation of the maritime and air situation in the area for the benefit of the European countries engaged in the EMASoH mission.
This operational support allows FREMM Languedoc to operate far and long and illustrates the know-how and perfect interoperability of French units.