On October 22, 2021, crew B of the Frigate Multi Missions (FREMM) Languedoc returned to Toulon after more than two and a half months of deployment in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. The Languedoc had left its base port in May 2021 with the A crew.
After a crew change on August 3 in Abu Dhabi, where crew B took over from crew A, FREMM Languedoc participated for two months in Operation AGÉNOR, the military component of the EMASoH initiative ( European led Maritime Situation Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz ). During this phase of the deployment, Languedoc and its Caiman helicopter from Flotilla 31 worked to reassure European merchant ships in transit through the Strait of Hormuz. The frigate was able to transmit information relating to safety in the area, but it also accompanied the ships that requested it. the Languedoc has thus contributed to guaranteeing freedom of navigation in this region under pressure and to protecting European and international interests.
At the same time, Languedoc operated in support of the Combined Maritime Forces , an international maritime coalition fighting against illicit trafficking financing terrorism. Under the command of Combined task force 150, Languedoc conducted two visitation operations on suspicious dhows in the Arabian Sea, leading to the seizure of a very large quantity of narcotics (cannabis and methamphetamine), the last of which was was the largest seizure in the Indian Ocean by a French vessel for three years, with more than 3.6 tonnes of drugs.
The Languedoc has also operated in support of the European anti-piracy operation ATALANTA and contributed to regional capacity building through two actions of cooperation with the UAE and Jordanian forces, but also by training with the French forces stationed in the UAE (FFEAU) and the French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ).
Finally, from its departure from Abu Dhabi on August 5 to its return to Toulon on October 22, the presence of Languedoc contributed to strengthening the autonomous assessment of France’s situation in strategic areas under tension, in the Arabian Gulf. to the central Mediterranean via the Red Sea.
Changing the crew during a mission makes it possible to strengthen the operational capacities of the Navy by increasing the time spent in a distant theater. It also represents a technical challenge. This year, Languedoc has accumulated nearly six months of deployment, including four months in summer in the Middle East in difficult conditions of heat and humidity, which put a strain on the equipment, the maintenance of which constitutes a real technical challenge. and logistics that few armies can handle over time. This ability to act far from the base port also demonstrates the relevance of the prepositioned forces which offer the armed forces essential points of support for carrying out their missions.