FS Aconit Home From Fifth Eastern Mediterranean Patrol

After two and a half months of patrol in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Frigate type La Fayette (FLF) Aconit left the port of Larnaca (Cyprus) for Toulon, thus ending its fifth consecutive deployment in this region, marked by renewed tensions. on maritime issues.

During its deployment, the Aconit ensured the continuity of the French presence in the area, showing France’s attachment to respect for the law of the sea and to freedom of navigation. With on board a Panther from the 36F detachment of the Naval Aeronautical Base (BAN) of Hyères, the Aconit allowed France to have an autonomous means to assess the situation in the theater and to be able to act. without delay in the event of a regional crisis.

This deployment has enabled numerous cooperation actions, in particular with the Cypriot navy. The Republic of Cyprus is a privileged partner of France in the Eastern Mediterranean in terms of logistics and operation, with the regular organization of stopovers in Larnaca and Limassol. Thus, several interactions were conducted with the Cypriot armed forces: aerial maneuvers with an Air Force AW-139 helicopter, visit of the commander of Aconite to the commander-in-chief of the Cypriot naval forces on the naval base of Mari, joint training with the patroller Ioannides during exercise EUNOMIA which took place from October 4 to 7.

During this exercise, organized off the Cypriot and Greek coasts, the Aconite was able to practice with other partner nations (Greece, Italy and Cyprus) to coordinate their action within a constituted maritime force. Initiated in a quadripartite framework, since 2020 this operational activity has brought together aircraft and naval units of the Greek, Cypriot, Italian and French armed forces, with the aim of showing the attachment of these countries to respect for the law of the sea in this area. contested.

Placed in direct support to Operation CHAMMAL as part of its maritime component, the FLF Aconit ensured the permanent French presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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