February 25, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 19, 2021, the anti-submarine frigate (FASM) Latouche-Tréville concluded its integration into the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-1), one of NATO’s permanent multinational naval forces in the North Sea. The Latouche-Tréville thus represented France during exercises in the Norwegian fjords alongside Norwegian, Dutch and German submarines and Canadian, German, Norwegian and Danish ships. These large-scale exercises organized within the framework of NATO allowed the participating units to train in the field of anti-submarine warfare in an allied framework.
This deployment was marked by the participation of the French frigate in the Submarine Commander Course (SMCC) run . Conducted in the Norwegian fjords, in a busy nautical situation and in restricted navigation spaces, these training sessions consisted, for the units, in carrying out close maneuvers between surface vessels and submarines in periscope immersion. In the evening, the naval force left the fjords for the Norwegian coast to conduct CASEX (anti-submarine warfare exercise) during which the Latouche-Tréville succeeded in detecting the submarines participating in the exercise. thanks to its sensors (hull and towed sonars) and coordination of the various means present in the area.
At the end of these three weeks full of activities, in a multi-struggle environment in the coastal zone, the results are rich for the crew of the Latouche-Tréville : no less than 50 runs in the fjords with submarines from different NATO partners, five nocturnal anti-submarine warfare exercises, one below-surface warfare exercise and two replenishments at sea, one at night. For Captain Nicolas Geffard, commander of the FASM Latouche-Tréville , this deployment represented “an excellent exercise to perfect our mastery of the building in anti-submarine warfare, develop our interoperability and strengthen the bonds of friendship with our NATO allies.