On January 8, 2022, as part of its deployment in the Indian Ocean, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul was able to train with the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ).
The Chevalier Paul thus supported an offensive action led by Rafales of the Air and Space Force deployed from mainland France against a fictitious country defended by Mirage 2000-5s from air base 188 of the FFDJ. Tactical data links, jamming of enemy aircraft, Aster sea/air protection bubble… all the capabilities of the frigate were used to support the Rafale air superiority mission.
In the Gulf of Tadjourah, two interactions also took place with the Arta marine and commando detachment. The missile crews carried out an anti-shipping engagement thanks to a target designation maneuver by ground operators, making it possible to deal with a target close to the coast. Finally, during the night, the crew was able to practice the “rendezvous sea”, a procedure intended to pick up a detachment of commandos and their equipment as discreetly as possible.
The FFDJ ensure that all operational training opportunities are optimized in an area marked by major geostrategic challenges. They support significant naval activity. Every year, the FFDJ naval base supports around thirty calls by French Navy vessels crossing the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait.