On 09 December 2023, while patrolling the Red Sea to ensure maritime security & compliance with international law, the French Navy's FREMM Languedoc frigate engaged its Air Defence capabilities by shooting down with Aster 15 missiles two threats coming from the coast of Yemen that were heading straight for it. On 11 December, the frigate also intercepted and destroyed a drone directly threatening the Norwegian oil tanker Strinda. The FREMM then positioned itself to protect the affected vessel, preventing it from being hijacked. The FREMM Languedoc then resumed its patrol to protect the sea lanes. Following these successful Aster interceptions, it was the Royal Navy T-45 destroyer HMS Diamond that countered on 15 December a new air attack launched from Yemen targeting a merchant ship, with the use of consort air defence capability of its Sea Viper PAAMS(S) system. In parallel, French Air Force organized an efficient transfer of Aster 15 munitions from mainland France to Djibouti Air Force base (BA188) thanks to the A400M unmatched capabilities, in order to let the navy recover a nominal munition allocation.
These systems will certainly play a decisive role in the “Prosperity Guardian” multinational coalition formed on 19 December 2023.