French Navy Retires Lynx Helicopter

July 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, July 23, under the illuminated sun of the Iroise Sea, the WG-13 Lynx helicopter from the 34F flotilla made its last takeoff aboard the anti-submarine frigate (FASM) Latouche-Tréville .

In service since 1979 on the ships of the Naval Action Force (in particular the frigate F67 and F70 with anti-submarine vocation), this helicopter, the first which was designed specifically to be embarked on surface units (including anti-submarine warfare missions), was successfully engaged in the missions of the French Navy during his 40 years of active service, in particular for the benefit of the Strategic Oceanic Force and in the protection of the carrier strike group.

Mainly used in the Navy in anti-submarine warfare missions, the Lynx was the major helicopter of the Navy from 1979 to today. Versatile, he was also engaged in missions ranging from the fight against drug trafficking or piracy to State action at sea, including the fight against ships.

The last fleet to use Lynx is the 34F fleet, based in Lanvéoc-Poulmic. Created on September 9, 1974 in Saint Raphaël, it was then equipped with Alouette helicopters in anti-submarine version. On January 14, 1975, the flotilla settled permanently at the Lanvéoc-Poulmic naval air base. In 1979, the Lynx helicopter armed the 34F. The flotilla then becomes an anti-submarine warfare unit and develops its capacity for action in all weathers, day and night.

As part of the Mercator plan, the entire Navy is being modernized to face new threats. The withdrawal of the Lynx is part of this process of modernizing naval aeronautics and in particular its helicopter component. The missions carried out by the Lynx are taken over by the multi-role Caïman Marine helicopters, whose highly advanced equipment is perfectly suited to current anti-submarine warfare. The FASM-F70 / Lynx couple is now replaced by the FREMM / Caïman Marine couple .

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