February 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed as part of the Corymbe mission, Task Group 451.04, composed of the Mistral amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) and the Commander Birot’s high-sea patrol vessel (PHM) , spent four days in Lome, Togo, from 8 to February 11th.
During this stopover, the Mistral and Commander Birot were able to prepare the “Sagne” operational patrol. Conducted with Togolese Oti patrol boat , after the departure on 11 February, this patrol is part of the cooperation with Togo and the other partners of the Gulf of Guinea to preserve maritime safety.
This patrol, also deploying the Alouette III helicopter engaged on the Mistral , covered nearly 4,000 nautical miles, or nearly 7,500 km 2, and strengthened the cooperation between the two navies in the area of surveillance. peaches. Illegal fishing and overfishing are indeed major issues for Togo.
The patrol ended with a tactical evolution exercise (EVOLEX) conducted by the three buildings.
In addition, this stopover, allowed about thirty sailors from the Task Group to take part in a civil-military action for the benefit of Mother Charity Orphanage . They contributed to the rehabilitation of the electrical installations and carried out work on the building.
This stop was marked by the warm welcome given by the Togolese Navy to their French partner. A cross was organized with both crews and a football match. Official activities organized aboard the Mistral have also strengthened the ties that unite the two navies.
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.