Stopover of the Jeanne d’Arc unit in Singapore
The amphibious unit “Jeanne d’Arc 2013”, composed of the Force Projection and Command Ship Tonnerre (BPC Tonnerre) and the Anti-Submarine Frigate Georges Leygues (FASM Georges Leygues), stopped over in Singapore from 13th to 16th June 2013. The programme schedule during the stopover has been intense : conferences on Singapore and maritime security for the cadet officers, a press conference onboard the BPC Tonnerre as well as visits organised for the French community and for students from the French School.
The Jeanne d’Arc 2013 mission commenced in Brest on 6th March 2013. As part of the mission, the Georges Leygues provides escort support to the BPC Tonnerre, which sees its defensive capacity increase, especially against anti-submarine warfare and asymmetric threats. The crew comprises 133 cadet officers, of which 10 are doctors, 11 are officers, 8 are administrators, 18 are foreign cadets and cadet officers of the 2010 cohort of the French Naval Academy. These cadets are on an internship at sea for approximately five months. The mission has been deployed in the Atlantic Ocean, in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Indian Ocean and in the South China Sea. It will start a new phase of the Jeanne d’Arc mission, dedicated to the support of defence equipment export and to the representation of France in foreign countries.
The unit conducted bilateral cooperation activities : the unit completed its participation in the European combat against the Atalante piracy on 12th April 2013. It worked alongside the surveillance frigate Nivôse and the oceanic patrol boat L’Adroit.
For the next stopover of the unit, the BPC Tonnerre will arrive in Vung Tau and the FASM Georges Leygues in Hô-Chi-Minh.