After a period of intense training, supervised by the coaches of the naval action force, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul left the port of Toulon on Monday, October 11, 2021, in order to begin a deployment of long term in the Indian Ocean.
This was the second deployment of the year 2021 for the crew of Chevalier Paul , already engaged from February to June within the Carrier Strike Group (GAN), as part of the CLEMENCEAU 21 mission.
After crossing the Suez Canal, the Chevalier Paul will relieve the Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Languedoc in operation AGENOR, the military component of the European initiative to secure navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. This contribution to the permanent presence of military units in the Arabo-Persian Gulf will allow France to have its own assessment of the situation in this area of strategic interest.
During this mission, Chevalier Paul will be integrated in direct support to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), one of the three multinational task forces that make up the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which brings together 34 countries to strengthen the maritime security in this strategic area, in particular by combating illicit trafficking likely to finance terrorism or organized crime.
Finally, the deployment of Chevalier Paul will be used to carry out cooperation actions with France’s regional partners in the Indian Ocean, in particular India, a major ally in the region. These interactions will make it possible to maintain a high level of interoperability with the Allied navies bordering this ocean.