December 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – The surveillance frigate Floréal left the island of La Réunion on 5 November for a fisheries surveillance mission in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). She then continued her patrol and headed for Cape Town, South Africa, to refuel with diesel fuel.
In TAAF, the Floréal was able to interact with the Crozet district, an archipelago of French islands that has no permanent inhabitants but whose sovereignty is ensured by regular patrols. The frigate has welcomed on board the scientists and wintering of the island of Possession.
Le Floréal then set sail for South Africa to carry out an operational break that was also an opportunity for the communication department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report on board to illustrate the action of France. in this partner country.
In addition, the stopover made it possible to welcome around one hundred French expatriates to discover the life on board, and then to welcome some forty students in the preparatory classes at the French school in Cape Town. Curious and attentive, the children were able to discover the organization of a warship and did not hesitate to ask all their questions about the job of sailor.
Starting three weeks ago from its homeport, the Floréal continues its mission of maritime surveillance in the TAAF, from the Kerguelen Islands to those of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam.
The FAZSOI guarantee the protection of the national territory and animate the regional cooperation from Réunion and Mayotte. They are the mainstay of the Indian Ocean Theater to fight against regional threats, such as piracy or illegal immigration, to monitor the exclusive economic zones associated with all the islands in the area of responsibility. and maintain a regional rapid response capability.