The helicopter cruiser "Jeanne d’Arc" in Quebec City
On the occasion of its last campaign, the helicopter cruiser "Jeanne d’Arc" made a stop in Quebec City from April 12 to April 19, 2010.
In service since July 1964, the ship belonging to the French National Marine has shared history with the French Naval Academy that is uses it as a training ship. The "Jeanne d’Arc" has trained more than 60 000 French and Foreign officers in 45 years of active service and as many campaigns.
Despite being a training ship, the "Jeanne d’Arc" has distinguished itself on a number of occasions during both humanitarian and combat operations. In April 2008, the "Jeanne d’Arc" took part in an operation intended to liberate thirty sailors taken hostage by the pirates, on board the French sailing boat "Ponant" off the coast of Somalia. In early 2005, following the tidal wave that devastated the southeast coast of Asia, the helicopter cruiser was diverted from its training campaign for almost two months in order to provide humanitarian aid in Sumatra.
The "Jeanne d’Arc," accompanied by the frigate "Courbet," left port in Brest on December 2, 2009 for a voyage that will have taken it successively to Africa (Casablanca, Dakar), South America (Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Valparaiso, Callao, Balboa, Cartagena), North America (New York and Quebec City), and Europe (Hambourg, Zeebrugge, Rouen), before its expected return to Brest on May 27, 2010.