August 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – The withdrawal from active service of Lieutenant (Navy) Le Hénaff is an opportunity to pay tribute to this building, which served France for 41 years and to the man who gave it its name.
Yves Le Hénaff was born on October 23, 1914 in Penhars in Finistère. After the Naval School in 1934 and the cruiser Jeanne d’Arc in 1937, he campaigned in the Far East on the colonial Aviso Dumont d’Urville , then as second officer of the Yang-Tsé-Kiang flotilla. On his return, he was posted to Salon de Provence as a student pilot in 1942. Assigned to North Africa, he met the head of the intelligence service in Oran, and immediately volunteered to carry out special missions in occupied France. After four months of training in England, he was parachuted near Châteaulin on the night of June 14 to 15, 1943. For more than six months, he organized the evacuation of many resistance fighters to England.
At the beginning of 1944, he was recalled to London because of the ever increasing risks he was running. But first he wanted to complete an important mission and not abandon the 37 pilots, resistance fighters and soldiers to whom he had to cross the Channel. On February 2, 1944, he left Ile Tudy on a motorized pinnace called Jouet des flots . Unfortunately, the boat ran aground at the Pointe du Raz. While the Germans arrest some of the survivors, Yves Le Hénaff manages to evacuate some to Paris. During this action, he was taken prisoner by the Gestapo on February 5 in Audierne. Incarcerated and tortured in Rennes for several months, he died in July 1944 in the wagon that took him to the Dachau concentration camp.
When the series of 18 avisos was put on hold at the end of the 1970s, the decision was taken to pay tribute to the resistant sailors who died for France. Thus the class of A69 takes the name of d’Estienne d’Orves and the noticeo F789 is baptized Lieutenant-ship Le Hénaff .
Laid down in February 1978, Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Hénaff , was admitted to active service on February 23, 1980. He commanded the 1st advisory division in Cherbourg before joining Brest, which would become his base port until its disarmament. .
Deployed often, as well in the Gulf of Guinea as in the Mediterranean or in the Bay of Biscay, Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Hénaff is regularly illustrated in fields as varied as the support missions to the Strategic Oceanic Force, the fight against drug trafficking, foreign operations and shipwreck rescue.
Thus, in 2002, during Operation Moby Dick, his intervention allowed the interception of the cargo ship Winner , suspected of drug trafficking. Four years later, in 2006, Cantamar IV was arrested, allowing the destruction of a ton and a half of cocaine.
The Lieutenant The Hénaff is also involved in conflict theaters. The decade 2010 was marked by its participation in numerous operations: several Corymbe , Harmattan and Unified Protector missions in 2011, then Serval and Sangaris in 2013. During Operation Harmattan , the crew suffered fire, and distinguished themselves by his composure and his fighting spirit. The following year, mobilized after a long-term deployment in Africa, he once again demonstrated his resilience by participating in the search for M51 debris during Operation STEROPES.
The Lieutenant of Ship The Hénaff also illustrated Rescue situation in 2004, he assists Dona Elvira vessel flying the Nigerian flag. Fifteen years later, during the Sophia mission , he collected 173 shipwrecked people off the Libyan coast, including 19 women and 17 children.
The operational career of Lieutenant (Navy) Le Hénaff ended with a mission of support to the Strategic Oceanic Force, a mission for which he was designed and which he has carried out with efficiency and professionalism throughout the last forty years. .
Efficient, enduring and versatile thanks to the quality of his successive crews, the PHM Lieutenant (Navy) Le Hénaff has covered during his operational career nearly a million nautical miles, on all the oceans of the world. That’s just under 45 rounds of the earth.
Its successive crews will have done honor to the name of Yves Le Hénaff and to the French Navy.