November 7, 2018 (Google Translation) – Having left Toulon on August 23, 2018, Aviso Commandant Ducuing found his port base on October 30, 2018 after more than two months of operational mission in the Gulf of Guinea.
This deployment within the framework of the Corymbe mission consisted of Commander Ducuing to escort the Mistral projection and command building and to maintain France’s cooperation relations with the riparian countries, while implementing the process of Yaounde. In conducting the African Nemo 18.4 exercise and carrying out cooperation actions during stopovers in Senegal, Benin, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania and Nigeria, Commander Ducuing contributed to strengthening the capacities of of the Gulf of Guinea in the field of maritime safety.
The almost permanent deployment of one or two French buildings in this region of the world helps to protect French interests and reduce insecurity in this area marked by piracy and robbery. The cooperation undertaken with the Gulf of Guinea’s coastal marines favors the gradual consideration of this problem by these partners.
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.