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The Courbet will take part in the European operation in the Strait of Hormuz

(B2) The frigate Courbet (F-712) will celebrate the New Year with a distinguished guest, the Minister of Defense Florence Parly, before embarking on a new adventure

The Courbet escorting the Aris 13, an oil tanker freed from pirates off the coast of Somalia (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta / Marine nationale)

Le Courbet, La Fayette class building, will be the first French ship to take part in the European maritime security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

This French initiative, codenamed Emasoh (European-Led mission Awareness Strait of Hormuz) officially launched in early 2020, will also include a Dutch frigate Zr. Mrs. De Ruyter (read : The Netherlands confirms its participation in the European operation in the Strait of Hormuz) and a Danish participation (read: Denmark embarks on the Strait of Hormuz alongside the French). Stated objective: protect European interests, without encouraging an escalation "In a region" where tensions rise ».

Courbet was often the precursor of maritime operations. It was thus one of the first ships to escort the European anti-piracy operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta (read: Le “Courbet” continues to escort merchant ships) as one of the first French ships engaged in Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean (read: What are the means of Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR Med) in its phase 2?).


Read also: The operation in the Strait of Hormuz resurfaces. The French at work + The future European maritime operation in the Strait of Hormuz. Framework, format, tempo, legal basis… Details

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).