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Two FREMM train together in the Indian Ocean

the ITS Virginio Fasan (foreground) and the FS Auvergne (in the background) on maneuvers (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

(B2) The French frigate Auvergne (D-654), passing through the Indian Ocean, took the opportunity to develop exercises with the flagship of the European Union maritime operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta, ITS Virginio Fasan (F-591). The crews of the two sister ships, from the same Franco-Italian mold of multi-mission frigates (FREMM) trained in different crisis situations, in particular the fight against piracy.

The FS Auvergne is currently on patrol in the Arabian Sea as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. A few days before, after a stopover in Djibouti, the French crew had suffered an attack from a detachment of marine commandos. An exercise for men, based at Arta camp, to demonstrate their ability to deploy on a moving building to take control of it. At the same time, an Air Force Puma helicopter carried out a landing session; enough to maintain the pilots' qualifications for this perilous maneuver, and to train the frigate's aviation watch officers and aircraft controllers.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).