From October 9 to 14, 2021, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Dumont D’Urville conducted several cooperation activities with the Dominican Republic.
After an operational break in Santo Domingo, the BSAOM carried out several maneuvers with the coastguard star Altaïr and the Regulus interceptor. These actions enabled crews to share their knowledge and working methods in the context of operations to combat illicit trafficking.
The next day, the reconnaissance of the port of Barahona, a Dominican locality located a few kilometers from the Haitian border, was the opportunity to demonstrate the excellent maneuvering capabilities of the BSAOMs: the docking was carried out automatically thanks to the dynamic positioning system. and allowed Dumont d’Urville to dock in a narrow dock 1, without any port facilities.
This mission was also used to deliver, to the French Embassy in the Dominican Republic, a stock of combat rations provided by the Armed Forces in the Antilles in the event of a natural disaster.
As part of the renewal of the operational capacities of the armies provided for by the LPM 2019-2025, the French Navy has received 4 BSAOMs, vessels which must participate in overseas sovereignty missions. Modern and versatile, these “supply” -type units provide military missions as well as assistance to populations and ships, as well as pollution control missions. Their large platform and the powerful crane with which they are equipped allow them to transport freight and vehicles. These units benefit from two crews who take turns every four months, allowing the BAOMs to ensure more than 200 days at sea per year.