FS Var, HMS Richmond Rendezvous in the Indian Ocean
Combined Task Force 150’s (CTF-150) flagship, French Ship (FS) Var, had on-going interactions in the Indian Ocean with Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Richmond, who has been operating in direct support to CTF-150.
This meeting at sea was the occasion for Commander CTF150 Captain (Capt) Crignola to meet HMS Richmond’s Commanding officer, Commander (Cdr). Anderson onboard the British ship.
While on patrol undertaking Maritime Security Operations in the Indian Ocean, FS Var crossed paths with HMS Richmond. This meeting at sea was the opportunity for Cdr Mark Anderson, to invite Capt. René-Jean Crignola, onboard HMS Richmond.
After a short transfer by Richmond’s Lynx, Capt. Crignola met with the Richmond’s crew and received a presentation of the ship’s capabilities and assets. The discussion was the occasion for both officers to share their views on regional maritime security.
After the meeting, FS Var conducted replenishment at sea with Richmond. Under rough sea and rainy weather, the French supply ship delivered fuel to her British counterpart. These sensitive manoeuvres, which require a high degree of interoperability between both navies, were conducted efficiently and successfully.