November 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – Languedoc is back in the Mediterranean after six-month deployment in the Indian Ocean. After a patrol in the eastern Mediterranean and exercise fictitious firing cruise missiles with units of the VI th US Fleet also deployed in the area, the frigate FREMM multi-mission) is docked this week in Toulon.
Departing on April 25, the FREMM was integrated into Operation AGÉNOR, the military component of the EMASoH initiative ( European led Maritime Situation Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz) .
For six months, Languedoc and its Caiman helicopter thus contributed to strengthening the surveillance of maritime activity and guaranteeing freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic area for European economic interests.
This long-term deployment took advantage of the double-manned frigate model. Indeed, a crew change was conducted this summer, allowing the frigate to be kept in the area of operations for six months. This changeover, which took place at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi, constitutes the first crew change in operation for a FREMM.
Once again, after its return, crew A, currently in charge of Languedoc , will thus pass the relay back to crew B, crew rotations being scheduled every 4 months.
The control of the sanitary conditions allowing during this deployment of Languedoc was a key factor for the smooth running of the mission.