July 21, 2020 (Google Translation) – Departing from Toulon on July 13, the Var command and supply building (BCR) was deployed in the Mediterranean and entered the Black Sea on July 18.
After crossing the Bouches de Bonifacio, crossing off the Stromboli, and sailing across the Strait of Messina, the Var entered the Turkish straits on July 18. On this occasion, he paid tribute to the sailors of the battleship Bouvet who perished in March 1915. As part of the French squadron commanded by Admiral Guépratte who took part in the battle of the Dardanelles, the French vessel struck a mine and sank .
In this zone of tension marked by the many power struggles, the French maritime presence carries various challenges. On the one hand, the deployment of French vessels makes it possible to maintain detailed knowledge of the area and to help secure Europe’s maritime approaches by ensuring the protection of air and sea areas. On the other hand, it is a way of affirming France’s unwavering attachment to respect for international maritime law and to freedom of navigation.
In addition, this deployment will be an opportunity for the Var to maintain relations with the countries bordering the Black Sea through exercises highlighting common know-how.