March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 21 February 2019, the Prefect and Senior Administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) Evelyne Decorps boarded the Champlain on the occasion of her return to the naval base at Port des Galets.
Accompanied by the commander of the naval base and the chief of staff of the armed forces of the southern Indian Ocean (FAZSOI), this was his first visit since taking office on 30 October 2018.
This highly symbolic visit took place on the return of the Champlain’s first scattered island supply mission this year.
After having attended the berthing and discovered the building, the prefect was able to exchange with the commander around the specificities of the action of the state at sea in the region.
Among its missions, the Champlain is able to carry out actions of police of the peaches, of the fight against the narcotrafiquants, of assistance to other ships and finally to ensure the supply of the scattered islands of the channel of Mozambique.
This building represents a major asset in the protection of exclusive economic zones in the Indian Ocean.
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.