October 15, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Friday, October 9, the Falcon 50 maritime surveillance aircraft of the French Navy carried out a SAGNE patrol (joint maritime surveillance mission against illegal trafficking (illegal fishing, pollution, etc.)) for the benefit of Senegal .
For his part, the high seas patrol boat (PHM) Commander Ducuing continued his CORYMBE mission by leading tactical evolution and refueling maneuvers at sea with the Gabonese patrol boat Oumboué and with the participation of the Falcon 50 at the end of vol . These interactions follow a series of exercises conducted as part of GRAND AFRICAN NEMO 2020 with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.
The objective of the SAGNE missions is to strengthen interoperability between France and the Marines bordering the Gulf of Guinea in the fight against maritime insecurity, and particularly in the field of illegal fishing which remains a major issue in the region. The effective coordination observed between the Falcon 50 and the Senegalese authorities gives concrete form to the cooperation efforts implemented to promote the management of maritime safety by our partners .
Since 1990, France has deployed one or two ships of the French Navy almost permanently off West Africa, periodically reinforced by air assets. The main objective of the Corymbe mission is to reduce maritime insecurity and secure the maritime routes by supporting the maritime security architecture of Yaoundé.