During the operational release of the Commandant Birot’s deep sea patrol (PHM) in Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo), the French sailors took advantage of this stopover to conduct operational training periods with the local armed forces on various themes. .
Personnel from the PHM’s “security” sector thus conducted practical training on fire-fighting techniques in enclosed or semi-open environments, particularly during a firefighting exercise.
At the same time, the divers aboard were able to share their know-how with their counterparts on the prevention and management of diving accidents, as well as on the management of a team.
In addition, a period of operational instruction on the taking of a building by a visiting team was organized. Instructions for palpation, progress in a room and the search of it were conducted.
Finally, two audits were completed. The first focused on the functioning of information and communication systems and the second on the detection systems of Congolese patrollers.
The sharing of know-how and technical expertise is one of the “red threads” of the Corymbe mission, alongside and at sea. This sharing of know-how makes it possible to strengthen the capacities of the various navies and thus to for enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. As such, nearly thirty operational training periods have already been completed while the building has just reached half of its mission.
Since 1990, France deploys one or two buildings in mission Corymbe almost permanently in the Gulf of Guinea. The mission has two major objectives: to participate in the protection of French interests in the area as well and to contribute to the reduction of maritime insecurity, by helping in particular to reinforce the capacities of the navies bordering the Gulf in the field of maritime safety, in the framework of the Yaoundé process. The deployment of French vessels on a Corymbe mission completes the pre-positioned French system in West Africa (Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal) and participates in the maritime component of operational cooperation implemented regionally by these presence forces.