On August 11, 2017, the patrol vessel (P400), La Gracieuse, dropped its moorings and left its port base in Dégrad-des-Cannes before the eyes of the entire Armed Forces community in Guyana (FAG) families.
Stationed in Guyana from 1996 to 2005, and from 2010 to 2017, the patroller will have spent 16 years in the turbid waters of Guyana, fueled by the Amazonian current, ensuring the safety of the European spaceport and the preservation of fishery resources.
Prior to departure, Air Force General Pierre-Jean Dupont, Senior Commander of the Armed Forces in Guyana, expressed his thanks to the crew for all the missions carried out for the benefit of the FAG: about 60 mission protection approaches Of the space center for rocket fire, 75 inspections and diversions of illegally fishing vessels, and 560,000 nautical voyages – 25.5 times the turn of the earth – since its admission to active service on 17 July 1987.
After Departure from P400 La Capricieuse in May 2017 and now from La Gracieuse, Guyanese light patrol boats (PLG) La Confiance and La Résolue, new generation vessels specifically designed for Guyana, are responsible for the missions of sovereignty and protection of Interests in the maritime zone of the Antilles-Guyana.
At 7,000 km from the metropolis, the FAG guarantees the protection of the national territory and its resources. Frequently engaged in support of State action in interministerial missions, the FAGs operate on a territory made demanding by its extent (1,100 km of land borders), its difficult coastline and its equatorial forest.