FS Languedoc Patrols Strait of Hormuz with HMS Montrose & HDMS Iver Huitfeldt

October 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – Deployed since April 2020, the Languedoc frigate is part of Operation AGÉNOR, the military component of the European led Maritime Situation Awareness in the Straight of Hormuz (EMASOH) initiative. This mission aims to strengthen the assessment of the situation and the surveillance of maritime activity as well as to guarantee the freedom of navigation in the Arab-Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

In this region under pressure, any event is likely to affect the flow of strategic supplies. In contact with all the players in the area, the frigate Languedoc thus contributes to regional stability and the affirmation of French and European interests. Its action aims to reassure the maritime community about the possibility of passing unhindered through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Languedoc mission in the Indian Ocean took advantage of the double-crew frigate model. This deployment of nearly seven months was indeed based on a crew change at mid-term. An unprecedented maneuver for a frigate in operation, more than 5,000 kilometers from its base port!

In addition to the operational added value of a unit remaining in the area longer, the double crew system guarantees sailors a better reconciliation between personal and professional lives, benefiting from a more predictable program.

Pursuing these same objectives, several navies present in the Indian Ocean have adopted this model. The Languedoc is particularly alongside HMS Montrose frigate two crews of Royal Navy and the Danish frigate Iver Huitfeldt, engaged also in CHARMANT operation.

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