September 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – On 4 September 2018, Commandant Ducuing high-sea patrolman, on patrol off Côte d’Ivoire as part of the Corymbe mission, crossed the road of the Italian ITS frigate “Luigi Durand de la Penne “.
His presence in the area offered the two navies an opportunity to conduct a series of joint exercises.
Both vessels conducted communication exercises, aviation maneuvers with the Caiman’s military maneuver and assault helicopter on the Italian frigate, and a cross-visit exercise.
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.