February 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – Left from Toulon on January 21st, Task Group 451.04, composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral and the high-sea patrol officer (PHM) Commander Birot, arrived in Dakar on January 30th.
The mission relief Corymbe of the High Seaman Commandant Blaison was formalized during the ” transfer of authority ” (TOA) between the commanders of the vessels during which Captain Sebastien received the totem of the mission.
The program of this first stop was dense and allowed to regenerate the buildings while supporting the diplomatic action of France in Senegal. After a first day dedicated to refueling (diesel, food and materials), several official activities were organized on board to bring together French and Senegalese civilian and military authorities.
Many visits were also organized on board for the benefit of the Mermoz high school in Dakar and the French community (embassy agents, citizen reserve and French elements in Senegal). The seamen on board have had the opportunity to visit the coordination center of operations of Dakar and the detachment of Flotilla 24F, flotilla of Falcon 50 stationed in Lorient.
The Mistral took advantage of the stop to unload equipment for the association Casamasanté. This association provides health support in Casamance through a clinic located in the region.
The Task Group 451.04 sailed again on February 2 conducted a patrol with Senegal consisting of progress together in the field of maritime safety. The patrol hired three units into the sea, PHA Mistral and its Alouette III helicopter on board, PHM Commander Birot, Senegalese patrol Kedougou , and an aircraft, the French Falcon 50 with a Senegalese fisheries inspector on board.
This patrol helped to strengthen Franco-Senegalese cooperation, particularly in the area of illegal fishing. For several hours, the various means engaged on both sides and the coordination established between the Senegalese and French parties have made it possible to develop the tactical situation and to identify fishing areas potentially subject to break-in.
The patrol closed with coordinated tactical maneuvers as part of a three-building “tactical evolution” exercise (EVOLEX).
The Senegalese patrolman then left the task group . The Mistral and Commander Birot have resumed the course of their mission Corymbe.
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.