January 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – For more than a month, the high-sea patrol officer (PHM) Commander Blaison has been deployed in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the 144th mandate of the Corymbe mission.
After leaving the port of Tema, Ghana, where he had docked for a stopover at Christmas, Blaison conducted a joint one-day operational patrol with a Ghanaian naval patrol boat. The main objective of these patrols is to strengthen the operational capacities of the Yaoundé process by optimizing the cross-coordination between their maritime components at sea and their operational centers on land. On this occasion, an exchange of officers was carried out between two patrol boats.
A similar patrol was also conducted by the Blaison with a Cameroonian naval vessel, during which the latter made four visits to fishing vessels. A stopover of a few days in Douala, Cameroon at the end of the year had previously allowed to visit the maritime coordination center and to meet with the Cameroonian sailors to organize the patrol. On this occasion, instructions and operational cooperation sessions could be given by the crew of Commander Blaison to the Cameroonian sailors, in the fields of sea visits or diving.
As a reminder, the Yaoundé process, resulting from the summit held in 2013 in this city of Cameroon, establishes the principles and the structure of cooperation that brings together the nations bordering the Gulf of Guinea to ensure “safety and security in the maritime area Central and West Africa “. France, present in the Gulf since 1990 as part of the Corymbe mission, accompanies the African navies in their operationalization and in the implementation of a regional maritime security architecture.
The PHM Commandant Blaison now pursues his mission before participating in the African Nemo 19.1 exercise in the course of which will cooperate the marine shores of the Gulf of Guinea, around a scenario of fight against the illegal fishing.
Since 1990, France deploys one to two buildings on Corymbe mission almost permanently in the Gulf of Guinea. The mission has two major objectives: to participate in the protection of French interests in the area and thus contribute to the reduction of maritime insecurity, by helping in particular to reinforce the capacities of the Gulf’s coastal waters in the field of maritime safety, in the part of the Yaoundé process. The deployment of French vessels on a Corymbe mission completes the pre-positioned French system in West Africa (Gabon, Ivory Coast, Senegal) and participates in the maritime component of operational cooperation implemented regionally by these presence forces.