September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Friday, August 31, the patrol boat “Le Malin” left Port-des-Galets, its port-base on the island of Reunion, for a maritime surveillance mission in the South Indian Ocean.
At the end of a staff shift during the months of July and August, the crew prepared to go back to sea: role redistribution, equipment review, training and training at the dock. Dock training continued at sea with a tighter sequence of navigation, safety and maneuvering exercises. The goal was to bring the edge to full operational capability before starting his mission.
Thus “Le Malin” sailed for more than seven weeks of patrol in the waters of the South Indian Ocean.
During this period, it will ensure French sovereignty in this area, being able to identify, identify and intervene against any illegal activity in waters under French jurisdiction such as illegal fishing, drug trafficking, l illegal immigration and non-respect of the protected areas of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF).
The 1,700 soldiers deployed to the FAZSOI guarantee the protection of the national territory and animate regional cooperation from Réunion and Mayotte. The FAZSOI is the main support point of the Indian Ocean theater to fight against new threats such as piracy or illegal immigration, to monitor the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) associated with all the islands in the zone. responsibility and maintain a regional rapid response capability.