May 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – In early May, the Floréal operates in the Arabian Sea, under the operational control of ALINDIEN, as part of a mission to fight illicit trafficking, in direct support of the Combined Task Force 150. The mission of Floreal is to intercept boats that could carry drugs, mission accomplished brilliantly since four days from 1 st to 4 May 2019, the Floreal has made four interceptions dhow acting suspiciously, three of which have resulted in a drug seizure.
While the helicopter onboard the frigate, a Panther of the 36F , conducts a maritime surveillance of the area, he locates a dhow with suspicious criteria a few tens of nautical from the position of Floreal . The frigate then begins to follow this track of interest. Arrived at its level, it confirms the suspicious character and the absence of flag: it then proceeds to the search of the dhow that will lead to the discovery of narcotics.
Two other contacts of interest are treated in the same way. At the end of these excavations, the results are significant: the first two dhows transported respectively 2.2 tons and 2.6 tons of cannabis resin while the last held a more diverse cargo comprising more than 650 kg of cannabis, 5 , 7 kg of methamphetamine and finally 1.3 kg of heroin. These drugs are then seized and destroyed.
This new operational success brings to 14 the number of catches in 2019 as part of the CTF 150, of which 5 are for the French Navy, two for the FAA Cassard and three for the FS Floréal , ie more than 7.5 tons of cannabis, 668 kg heroin and 5.7 kg of methamphetamine seized.
By its action in Indian Ocean, the Navy aims to fight against the financing of terrorist activities. Based in Port-des-Galets, on the island of Reunion, the surveillance frigate Floréal makes its fifth catch in eight months. In September 2018, after two sockets separated by only a few hours, the Floréal had already intercepted 7.5 tons of narcotics. The Floréal surveillance frigate alone accounts for nearly 13 tonnes of drugs seized between September 2018 and May 2019.