France Deploys Atlantique 2 Aircraft to Cyprus

On October 25, 2021, a standard 6 Atlantic Maritime Patrol 2 (ATL2) aircraft and its 21F flotilla detachment based in Lann-Bihoué landed at Paphos Air Base on the island of Cyprus.

Deployed for several weeks as part of the almost permanent presence of French air and sea assets in the eastern Mediterranean, this maritime patrol aircraft’s mission is to maintain knowledge of military activities, in a strategic area where security and energy issues for the France and Europe are numerous.

In this area of ​​competition and contestation, its action is part of the continuity of the patrol of the frigate Aconit , which returned to Toulon on October 22 after several months of deployment in this area.

A leading European partner in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Republic of Cyprus is an essential point of support for the French air and sea forces. French ships thus regularly call in Cyprus at the ports of Larnaca and Limassol, and maritime patrol planes are frequently deployed to the Paphos air base.

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