Naval Forces News - France
French Navy Dixmude LHD sails off with a full load of reinforcement for Serval operation in Mali
Monday, January 21, 2013, French Navy Dixumde LHD (Mistral class) sailed off on alert from Toulon naval base. With a record (for the class) load of French Army troops, vehicles and equipment belonging to a battalion task force (JTF-battle group) the amphibious vessel contributes to the strengthening of the French military deployed in Operation Serval.
French Navy Dixmude LHD on its way to the Western African Coasts, note the L-CAT / EDA-R landing craft sailing past Dixmude with a full load of vehicles onboard.
(picture: French Navy)
operations expert onboard the ship defined a loading plan, to embark
and spread over all levels of the ship vehicles and equipment belonging
to the various units of the joint task force. According to this plan,
the crew took turns Sunday, all day and night to load vehicles, equipment
and containers. It was assisted in this task by software that helps
monitor in real time the load and weight repartition and its impact
on the vessel stability. Vehicles include VBCI
Infantry Fighting Vehicles, AMX10RC
Anti-tank reconnaissance armoured vehicle, VAB
armoured personnel carrier and ambulances, VBL
armored vehicles as well as tactical trucks and refueler trucks for
logistic duties. According to the Dixmude commanding officer,
if all the vehicles were strung together one after another they would
stretch for 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Total weight of the cargo for
this operation is approximately 2,000 tons (5,000 cubic meters).
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