The Morskoul exercises are periods of mutual training for surface ships based in Brest, which allow them to maintain know-how and ensure their operational readiness.
The objectives are to pool competitions and offer opportunities for navigation and group training, which also benefit the other organic forces of the Navy since the Lanvéoc 33F and 34F helicopter flotillas have been associated for aviation maneuvers and a detachment of marines.
Exercise Morskoul 23.3 took place from 25 to 29 September 2023 and involved up to 16 surface vessels whose activity was coordinated by the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Aquitaine which was Officer in Tactical Command (OTC), making groups interact with FREMM, command and supply ship (BCR), deep-sea patrol vessel (PHM), tripartite minehunter (CMT), Metropolitan Rescue and Assistance Building (BSAM), Sonar Tow Vessel (BRS), Clearance Diver Base Building (BBPD) and Training Building (BE).
During this week, in inclement weather, the Brest units alternated training in maneuvering and group navigation, such as refueling at sea, tactical evolutions and towing, transit under mine threat, anti-ship warfare, missile and artillery fire on towed aerial targets or in offshore mode with scenarios for mastering operational capabilities, Sea rendezvous with commandos, inspection operations and security assistance to fictitious buildings that have been victims of fire.
Many visitors were able to embark on this occasion, such as a delegation of teachers from the Dordogne defense classes as part of their partnership with the FREMM Aquitaine. They discovered the operational life of combat ships and were made aware of Defense issues. Perhaps some vocations have been born.
The crews have demonstrated their fighting spirit and are preparing for their next operational missions in the Atlantic, Channel, North Sea and Baltic theatres.