March 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Currently deployed as part of the Corymbe mission, the Task Group 451.04 composed of the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral and the high-seas patrol boat Commander Birot made a stopover in Gabon.
While participating in the regeneration of the two ships and crews, the few days at the dock in Port-Gentil have consolidated the ties that bind France and Gabon in terms of maritime safety.
The highlight of the Task Group’s presence in Gabon was the organization on 18 February of a VIP Day that brought together the highest Gabonese political and military authorities aboard the Mistral off Libreville.
The commander welcomed the French Ambassador, the Vice President of Gabon, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and several other Gabonese personalities, as well as the Commander of the French elements in Gabon. The Gabonese press was also present to cover the event.
The day started with a presentation and a visit of the edge followed by the demonstration of a Gabonese visiting team on the flight deck of the Mistral, escorted by Commander Birot and the Gabonese star Ensign Mendene. Authorities and journalists are then boarded for a press point before the official lunch.
All left the coast in the afternoon to join Libreville at the end of a day that made history in the diplomatic and military relations between France and Gabon.
At the end of the day, the helicopter carrier Mistral and the sea patrol officer Commander Birot left the Gabonese waters to continue the 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.