May 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – After participating in an anti-submarine combat exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, crew B of the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Aquitaine is now deployed in the far north.
This deployment is unique for the crew, which has known its first operational mission since its creation in August 2019, after a cycle of qualifications. On this occasion, he crossed the symbolic parallel of 66 ° 33’N: the Arctic Circle.
A maritime area of strategic interest, the Far North is a coveted space. This deployment is part of a logic of maintaining France’s freedom of action in international waters, and its capacity for independent knowledge. It allows in particular to maintain and intensify relations with the allies bordering the Atlantic area through bilateral exercises improving our mutual knowledge and streamlining our work procedures. This deployment in the North Atlantic contributes finally to improve the knowledge of this theater and its specificities, while affirming the status of maritime power of France.