September 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Rhône metropolitan support and assistance building (BSAM) continued its “LANDSEER 20.2” deployment towards the French archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, where the patroller Fulmar is permanently based .
Off Langlade (southern part of Miquelon), the two naval vessels seized the opportunity to train together. These included towing presentations, towing and an asymmetric threat defense exercise. In Miquelon, the Rhône also had the opportunity to achieve a rare anchorage, no military vessel having stopped there for 10 years.
Docked in the port of Saint Pierre from September 2 to 5, the BSAM Rhône then carried out a logistical maneuver for the benefit of the archipelago, by loading on its deck a waste container that could not be recycled on site (ink cartridges , batteries, accumulators, cytotoxic waste and expired drugs). All this waste will then be sent to specialized companies in mainland France. This operation for the benefit of local authorities had already been carried out by the Rhône in 2018, in 2019 by the Garonne .
A small French territory in North America (around 6,000 inhabitants), this “piece of France” is an ultra-marine territory that is difficult to supply. Relayed by the local media, the support provided by the national navy is greatly appreciated by Saint-Pierrais and Miquelonais. The conduct of this logistics operation across the Atlantic illustrates the will of the French Navy to deploy several units there and to support the population of this ultra-marine territory, thanks to enduring and versatile BSAMs, capable of providing decisive logistical support. despite significant elongations.
Departing from Brest in mid-July on a “LANDSEER 20.2” mission, the BSAM Rhône climbed in the Baffin Sea to the 72nd parallel before returning to the village of Illulissat, at the bottom of Disko Bay, well known for its icebergs dumped by glaciers off the west coast of Greenland. It then moved to the capital Nuuk and participated in the maritime rescue exercise Argus, alongside surface ships and aircraft from Denmark, Greenland, the United States and France, under the leadership of the Joint Arctic Command ( JRC) Danish. The Rhône mission then continued in the direction of the French archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.