February 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – From January 18 to 22, the Champlain Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) stopped over in Port-Mathurin, the regional capital of Rodrigues, island of the Republic of Mauritius. This judgment followed a two-week maritime surveillance mission conducted in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of Tromelin, Seychelles and Mauritius.
In the Seychellois EEZ, the patrol was reinforced by a Dornier, an aircraft of the Seychelles armed forces, which conducted two aerial reconnaissance in predefined areas in collaboration with the Champlain.
Upon arrival in Port Mathurin, the crew was welcomed by the French Honorary Consul in Rodrigues, Marie-Claude Tolbise, and by Jean-Pierre Soussigne, a French citizen and cultural advisor to the Rodrigues government. The population, overwhelmingly francophone, has welcomed the unit very well.
Finally, a joint dive of the divers with the coastguard Rodriguais has concluded this halt and allowed to tighten the French-Mauritian maritime cooperation.
The 1,700 soldiers deployed to the FAZSOI guarantee the protection of the national territory and animate regional cooperation from Reunion and Mayotte. FAZSOI is the main focus of the Indian Ocean theater to fight against new threats such as piracy or illegal immigration, to monitor the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) associated with all the islands in the zone responsibility and maintain a regional capacity for rapid intervention.