The French Navy kicked off multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) train referred to as “SQUALE” in Toulon on June 13, 2022.
French Navy press launch
On June the 13th 2022, the SQUALE train was launched off the coast of Toulon. Devoted to anti-submarine warfare, this annual train brings collectively French and allied floor ships, a submarine and plane from the French Navy and the French Air Power, within the midst of a practical battle state of affairs, each by way of depth and the number of warfare areas simulated.
In a context of accelerating battle within the air-sea house, the French Navy, in accordance with the Mercator “acceleration” plan of 2021, is specializing in its preparation for high-intensity naval fight. As a acknowledged knowledgeable in anti-submarine warfare, the French Navy is consistently bettering the talents of its sailors as a way to benefit from its gear.
The 2022 version of SQUALE amplifies the high-intensity operational preparation:
- by integrating the principle theme of anti-submarine warfare in a fictitious context of battle in a coastal space with the intervention of a naval power in a number of domains: amphibious, airborne power projection in the direction of the land, strike in opposition to the land;
- by multiplying the variety of taking part models, thus growing the interactions between models and permitting the simulation of two lifelike opposing forces;
- by taking the type of an unplanned train designed to stimulate the sailors’ creativity and tactical considering, whereas growing their reactivity.
This interallied coaching additionally contributes to interoperability and allows the change of practices and the sharing of know-how. SQUALE entails the touchdown helicopter dock Dixmude, the multi-mission destroyer Languedoc with its Caiman Marine helicopter, the multi-mission destroyer with enhanced air protection functionality Alsace with its Caiman Marine, the air protection destroyer Chevalier Paul, the chartered ship Jason, a number of Atlantic 2 maritime patrol plane, a nuclear assault submarine, the American destroyer Arleigh Burke and the Italian frigate Alpino with its SH90 helicopter, the French Air Power helicopters present process qualification on the Dixmude.