June 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – On mission in the southern Indian Ocean, the Champlain Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) stopped over in Durban, South Africa, between June 3 and June 7, 2019. During its installation , two South African patrol boats, Galeshewe and Mackanda (Saar IV type) joined BSAOM to perform a “passing exercise” , also called Passex.
This training focused on modes of transmission, with a view to optimizing the interoperability of the two navies in this area. On the program: exercise of tactical evolutions and transmission of messages by light message system (SCOTT).
This stop was also the occasion of numerous exchanges between the crew and the sailors of Durban. A delegation of the building was able to visit the military port and talk with the admiral commanding the base. The same evening they were able to meet the French expatriate community and local military authorities.
These actions of representation and the joint training of our two navies were the occasion to recall the importance of the local maritime cooperation in securing the southern zone of 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.