FS La Motte-Picquet and Normandie Train With NATO off Norway

February 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – At the beginning of February 2020, the anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet and the multi-mission frigate Normandie participated in exercises Dynamic Guard and TG 20.1 with various NATO allied units (German, Danish , Dutch and Norwegian) as well as SNMG1 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 1).

These large-scale exercises organized in Norway within the framework of NATO enabled the participating units to train in all areas of anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, anti-ship and even electronic warfare struggles.

The SMCC “ run ” ( Submarine Commander Course ) was the highlight of these exercises. Conducted in Norwegian fjords, in a busy nautical situation and in constrained navigation spaces, these trainings consisted, for the units, to carry out close maneuvers between surface vessels and submarines with periscopic immersion.

These cooperation exercises enabled the two French frigates to maintain the excellent level of interoperability with the Allied Marines in the region, to contribute to “knowledge and anticipation” missions in this area of ​​strategic interest and, more generally , to contribute to securing Europe’s maritime approaches.

It is also within the framework of Dynamic Guard and TG 20.1 that the La Motte-Picquet and Normandie buildings made a joint stopover in Bergen. This highly symbolic stopover concretely illustrated the passing of the baton between two generations of frigates, Normandy carrying out its long-term deployment with a view to its admission to active service. During one day, the crews of the two vessels were able to meet and spend a few moments of cohesion before resuming their respective missions.

After these multilateral trainings within the framework of NATO which marked the first part of its deployment, La Motte-Picquet continues its mission in the North of the Atlantic Ocean where many joint exercises with Norwegian frigates are still planned.

The French Navy is permanently engaged in all the seas of the world and is organized around five strategic functions. The “knowledge and anticipation” mission aims to anticipate changes in the global geopolitical context and the appearance of crises. In this, the French Navy must have decision-making autonomy in areas of increasing interest. The Far North is one of these areas of interest due in particular to climate change. The Navy regularly deploys in high latitudes means to improve its knowledge of the area and assert its presence in this strategic region.

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