October 31, 2018 (Google Translation) – From October 15 to 17, 2018, the Mistral Projection and Command Building (BPC) and Aviso Commandant Ducuing made a stop in Lagos, Nigeria. These two days were dedicated to the influence and the support of the diplomatic action of France in this country. French crews gave operational instructions to Nigerian seafarers in the field of safety, propulsion and combat first aid.
The two ships then went back to sea with the Nigerian frigate Unity to conduct a joint training. Tactical evolutions and interactions in the field of information and communication systems made it possible to test common procedures and to develop interoperability between the buildings of both nations.
The Mistral then took part in a Franco-Nigerian “Sagne” patrol, during which the BPC worked with the network of regional command centers and operational centers of the Nigerian navy. These organizations, which are part of the Yaoundé process adopted in 2013, are now in the process of being operationalized. This type of patrol helps to strengthen the existing cooperation links between the Navy and the Gulf of Guinea’s navies and to improve maritime safety in this area.
Covering some 24,000 mm², twice the size of the Paris region, the “Sagne” patrol was able to identify 91 commercial vessels, thanks to the maritime surveillance flights carried out by the helicopter on board the BPC.
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. The Corymbe device currently rests on two ships of the navy: the BPC Mistral and its escort,