October 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – From September 21 to 24, 2020, four of the six buildings of the armed forces in the Antilles, (FAA) armed by 150 sailors, participated in a series of operational training in the Caribbean Sea as part of the unprecedented exercise LANMEKOL.
With the LANMEKOL mutual training, similar to the GABIAN and MORSKOUL exercises of the metropolitan maritime facades, the FAA benefit from the recent arrival of two new units in the West Indies, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Dumont d ‘ Urville and the Patrouilleur Antilles-Guyane (PAG) La Combattante to carry out group training in the various fields of activity of the French Navy in the Caribbean.
During this first edition, the crews of the Surveillance Frigate (FS) Germinal , the BSAOM Dumont d’Urville , the PAG La Combattante and the Coastal Port Tug (RPC) Maïto , as well as the Panther (36F) and Allouette helicopters III (22S), were able to improve their level and strengthen their individual skills for a week.
This type of exercise, on an annual basis, is fully in line with the operational preparation of units operating in the West Indies area. By seizing these group training opportunities, the crews improve their level, their mutual knowledge and share their feedback. Ultimately , the participants strengthen their ability to integrate jointly or separately into the various missions of the FAA: supporting populations in the event of a natural disaster by ensuring, for example, a logistical link between French territories, fighting against illicit trafficking, or even ensure the sovereignty of France in the waters under its jurisdiction, in particular by carrying out actions of fisheries police or the fight against maritime pollution.