September 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – On September 27, 2020, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral set sail from its base port, Toulon, to conduct the NATO exercise called Dynamic Mariner in the Mediterranean Sea .
This large-scale training brings together 31 surface vessels from 7 different nations (France, Belgium, Spain, United States, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands) and more than 5,000 soldiers of all arms.
Its objective is to certify France’s ability to assume command of the maritime component of the NATO Response Force , this multinational joint NATO force capable of providing a rapid military response to an emerging crisis.
During the exercise, the command of this maritime component (Maritime Component Command – MCC) is ensured from the Mistral by the staff of the French Air Force for Rapid Reaction (FRMARFOR) which, once certified, will take the alert. Alliance for a year from 1 st January 2021.
Until October 8, the fictitious scenario of Dynamic Mariner will therefore subject the crews to situations falling within the broad spectrum of air and sea operations to test their ability to work together according to NATO standards and counter all threats to peace and the security of our Nations.