February 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – Since January 21, 2020, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Auvergne has been deployed within the carrier strike group, as part of the Foch mission . From its departure, the vessel carried out several exercises and maneuvers in cooperation with the Greek Navy and the Cypriot armed forces responsible for rescue at sea.
On February 20, 2020, while the Greek frigate Psara was integrated into the escort of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , the SH70 helicopter on board the Hellenic frigate joined FREMM Auvergne. During the day, five members of the Psara crew were able to discover the operational capabilities of the French vessel and five French sailors embarked on the Greek vessel in order to benefit from a detailed presentation of its equipment and capabilities.
On February 24, while stopping in Cyprus in the port of Larnaca, the frigate Auvergne welcomed a delegation of twenty sailors from the Greek frigate. The commander thus presented to the delegation the action and the interest of a multi-mission frigate within the carrier strike group.
Finally, on February 25, 2020, the frigate Auvergne participated in a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) organized by the Larnaca Sea Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC). The scenario provided for the sinking of a fishing vessel and the disappearance of one of its members. The vessel then rejoined the operating area in order to participate in the search for the shipwrecked, alongside the Cypriot patrol boat Onisilos and an AW139 sea rescue helicopter . After conducting cross-aviation “maneuvers” between Cypriot and French vessels, the FREMM’s Caïman helicopter made tows with stretchers on the Onisilos patrol boat .The Cypriot AW139 landed a medical team on Auvergne which then evacuated the shipwrecked towards the airport of Larnaca.
At the end of these operations, Auvergne was able to resume its operational patrol in support of the CHAMMAL operation to combat terrorism in the Levant.