Resilience - A joint military coordination cell is operating from Fort-de-France to help bring relief to local populations in the Caribbean

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have launched an operation to support the populations of the Caribbean in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. The tripartite Operation "Resilience" is now in place, coordinated from Fort de France. The DIXMUDE helicopter carrier has arrived in the region, along with its two Dutch and British counterparts, to carry out this aid mission.

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have decided to join efforts in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis in the Caribbean, in order to help bring relief to local populations and support civilian crisis management tools. Since April, a combined military coordination cell has been operating from Fort-de-France (Martinique). Its mission is to optimize national military contributions of those three nations to support States’ actions, with the French, British and Dutch ships PHA Dixmude, RFA Argus and HMNLS Karel Doorman respectively being already sent to the Caribbean.

This trilateral military cooperation should provide more agility and flexibility in the response to the spread of the virus throughout the Caribbean. Inspired by lessons drawn from their military cooperation during hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the three nations intend to coordinate their actions in a spirit of mutual support and solidarity in the Caribbean.

The French armed forces in the Caribbean (FAA) are directly part of Operation Resilience, the French military mission announced on 25 March 2020 to assist and support civilian populations on the national territory and to support public services. The 1,200 military and civilian members of the armed forces in the Caribbean are committed to the population by providing their support, skills, resources and know-how to the civilian authorities of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, while ensuring their operational capability to pursue their missions to protect the French people.

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Last updated on: 6 May 2020