Joint exercises between French and Australian navies off Perth. [fr]
French Navy destroyer Auvergne took part in a joint exercise with the Australian Collins Class submarine HMAS Waller from 23th to 25th of November 2017 off Perth.
The FREMM multi mission vessel Auvergne was delivered to the French navy by Naval Group in 2012. In 2017, Auvergne took part in patrols in international waters in the South China Sea and exercises with regional navies. The Auvergne and the Waller are amongst the top naval vessels in the world.
On this occasion, Special Forces from both countries cooperated on joint exercises and shared their experience of operations at sea. Before those, the Auvergne had stopped in the Australian port of Fremantle from 15th to 20th of November 2017. This visit and the joint exercises are testament to the increasingly close cooperation in the area of submarines between France and Australia.
As French Chief of Navy Admiral Christophe Prazuck said at Pacific 2017 International Maritime Exhibition in Sydney in October in reference to the Auvergne’s visit ‘We’re sending to Australia our newest class of ships‘. In 2018, the Dixmude, a projection and commandment ship, should probably stop in Australia too. Deployment of such ships in the Asia-Pacific region illustrates French willingness to strengthen its naval presence in the region.