Marine Nationale, February 03, 2019 - On January 18 2019, the Flottille 35F Dauphin helicopter No 6081 passed the 10,000 flight hours mark at the La Rochelle Airport Fire Brigade.
In 1990, the French Navy acquired three Dauphin SA365Ns . These helicopters bearing the numbers 6019, 6081 and 6091, are distributed on the metropolitan coast in La Rochelle, Cherbourg and Touquet.
Intended for many public service missions (safeguarding at sea, preservation of goods and people, pollution research) they were equipped for the mission by the company Heli-Service. Since 1993, it is up to the sailors of Flottille 35F to fly them.
In 10,000 hours of flight, the Dauphin 6081 totals 28 years of rescue operations at sea conducted from the three metropolitan maritime facades (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Channel - North Sea) where it is stationed in permanent alert.
La Rochelle detachment of the 35F provides a permanent maritime rescue alert since 3 December 1993 under the orders of the Maritime Prefect of the Atlantic.
Originally stationed at NAS Rochefort, it is transferred to the airport of La Rochelle on 1 st September 1997 and operates in a vast theater of intervention that extends approximately from Bayonne to Quiberon. The reaction imposed by the missions results in a take-off time of less than one hour between 8am to 6pm, weekends included, and less than two hours of night. To cope with the constraints arising from these alert periods, two teams of six people take turns every two weeks.
The crews maintain their recognized expertise in winching at sea, day and night, thanks to the weekly training with the SNSM, the Customs, the Maritime Gendarmerie or military ships passing through.
Since its creation, the detachment based in La Rochelle has carried out 1773 takeoffs on alert and rescued 823 people.