On October 30, 2021, the 3/11 Corsican fighter squadron of the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) contributed to the protection of the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul during its mission to escort the American tanker USNS Kanawha in the Bab El Mandeb Strait. The Mirage 2000-5 escort made it possible to strengthen the protection system set up around the Chevalier Paul , in a sensitive area.
Cooperation between the 188 air base units and the FDA continued in the days following Chevalier Paul’s stopover in Djibouti. Two officers specializing in anti-aircraft warfare as well as the frigate’s 3rd dimension operations planning and control officer went to the BA 188 in order to meet the squadron’s fighter pilots, before setting them up. receive on board the FDA Nov. 3. Thus, sailors and airmen were able to discuss the methods of defense of a naval force and prepare a joint air defense exercise, conducted at sea on November 4. Transport Squadron 88 Larzac also completed helicopter landing slots on the FDA on November 4.
These interactions carried out on the proposal of the FFDj and under the operational control of the Admiral commanding the Indian Ocean maritime zone (ALINDIEN) once again demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the FDA for interoperability with the means of other armies in the field. air defense, as well as enhanced coordination between the FFDJ and the French Forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU).