On January 9, 2012, the crew of the first EDAR (Engin de Débarquement Amphibie Rapide, or fast amphibious landing craft) completed the new craft’s operational readiness trials.
Conducted under the supervision of instructors from the Naval Action Force, in cooperation with sailors of the amphibious flotilla, this service introduction phase allowed the crew to familiarize itself with the new craft, and allowed the operational integration of the first EDAR into a BPC-class amphibious warfare ship.
With this qualification, the EDAR is now able to take part in amphibious operations.
The EDAR was handed over to the French Navy at the end of November 2011, and this is the first time a new landing craft is deployed on a BPC-class ship.
The same day, the Mistral LHD and its EDAR sailed for the East Coast of the United States, where they will take part in the multinational Bold Alligator exercise, which marks a major step forward in Franco-American cooperation in the field of amphibious operations.