October 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, FS Vendemiaire reached Suva, Fiji, for the last stop of her mission in the zone of responsibility of the armed forces in New Caledonia (FANC).
On this occasion, the crew of the frigate welcomed on board His Excellency Major General Jioje Konrote , President of the Republic of Fiji who has taken note with interest of his first embarkation on a French frigate.
The latter was able to attend the fitting and channeling maneuver. On the morning of 28 September, the frigate sailed with this distinguished guest.
Moreover, the Vendemiaire and the Spanish frigate ESPS Mendez Nuñez who was conducting a campaign in the region to celebrate the 500 th anniversary of the first world tour ( circumnavigation ) of the Spanish Navy, have made tactical changes at that time. This opportunity has strengthened interoperability with the Spanish Navy.
The morning continued with a mutual training between the Vendémiaire and the Kikau, a patrol boat of the Fijian Navy. A Falcon 200 Gardian , was able to make an overview of the ships in formation before carrying out a maritime surveillance (SURMAR) for the benefit of Fiji.
Finally, the President boarded Alouette III of 22S Squadron Detachment to return to shore.