Auvergne Takes Operational Break in Beirut

On operational break in the Lebanese capital from January 5 to 8, 2022, the crew of the Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Auvergne worked to strengthen the ties that unite the National Navy and the Lebanese Navy.

Common dives and participation of several mechanics from Auvergne in a technical intervention on the Lebanese patrol boat Trablous, notably punctuated the exchanges. Captain Dannoui, Chief of Staff of the Lebanese Navy, expressed his satisfaction with this cooperation, which contributes to strengthening the ties between the two armies.

Auvergne also received a visit from Mrs. Anne Grillo, French Ambassador to Lebanon and a delegation of Army soldiers deployed in the south of the country as part of Operation DAMAN, including several Gauls of the 92nd infantry regiment of Clermont-Ferrand, with which the frigate is twinned.

France is one of Lebanon’s main partners, as evidenced by the density of bilateral relations between the two countries and our constant support for the defense of Lebanon’s sovereignty and security.

France has been involved in UNIFIL since 1978. It helps to make it an effective and credible force and arms the UNIFIL operational intervention reserve, the Force Commander Reserve (FCR), capable of reinforcing the other contingents.

The numerous stopovers of French vessels in Beirut also bear witness to France’s attachment to cooperation with this friendly country within an unstable region. Operation AMITIÉ following the explosion that occurred on August 4, 2020 in the port of Beirut enabled the French armies to come to the aid of their Lebanese counterparts.

Moreover, the appropriation by the FAL of a national maritime strategy inspired by the French principle of action by the State at sea is one of the axes of operational cooperation between the two navies.

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