January 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – Monday, January 21, the Amphibious Helicopter (PHA) Mistral sailed from Toulon to join the 145 mandate of the mission Corymbe in the Gulf of Guinea.
The week before his departure was devoted to the preparation of the mission, including the finalization of its logistics dimension with many loads of food, ammunition, equipment, humanitarian freight, shipments of detachments, etc. On the occasion of a reception, whose main purpose was the wishes addressed by the commander to the families of the crew, the objectives of this new mission were recalled to all.
Like the previous Corymbe mandates, this new deployment of the Mistral in the Gulf of Guinea meets the classic strategic objectives of this type of mission:
– The reinforcement of maritime safety in the area, in response to the cooperation requests of riparian countries;
– The training of French forces in West Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon).
During his previous deployment, the Mistral took part in the operational preparation of the French forces in Ivory Coast (FFCI). This deployment was also marked by the unprecedented integration aboard a detachment of Portuguese marines and the realization of the major exercise “Grand African Nemo”.
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 as well and to contribute to the reduction of maritime insecurity, by helping in particular to strengthen 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.