Djibouti Naval Base, a strategic fulcrum in the Indian Ocean

October 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – From October 8 to 16, 2020, the Djibouti Naval Base (BN) simultaneously hosted two military buildings for a technical stopover, initially scheduled for an operational break for one day.

At the crossroads of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula via the Strait of Bab-el Mandeb, the BN of Djibouti’s main mission is to support all French military vessels during their deployment in the Indian Ocean maritime zone. .

With around a hundred sailors, it is the privileged military logistics point in this part of the Indian Ocean. The naval base therefore provides nautical, technical and security resources and is responsible for coordination with the services of the base support group of the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) and local suppliers.

The preparation of an operational release, whether it is from the carrier strike group, a combat vessel or even a submarine, always begins with the preparation of the quay (s): setting up of barges, campaign, water, electricity or gas depending on the specific needs expressed by the crew.

Prior to docking, marines organize the permanent protection system on land and at sea for the duration of the stopover. On board their Operational Protection Drome Embarkation (EDOP), they ensure the security of military ships so that no intrusion takes place in the predetermined security bubble around the building.

Once the building is docked in the port of Djibouti, the naval base also takes care of all the daily needs of the sailors in stopover: food, spare parts, technical interventions or even manufacture of furniture. It is thanks to military support workshops specializing in electricity, boiler making, carpentry and composites that responsiveness is possible.

In this period of pandemic, there is also the management, in conjunction with the Army Health Service (SSA) in Djibouti, of reinforced health support. The objective is to ensure the sanitary tightness of the building by isolating the crews from all external contacts in order to guarantee the continuation of the mission.

The Djibouti naval base, a link between the crews on a stopover and the FFDj, supported, in 2019, 73 days of operational release for military vessels passing through on one of the most important shipping routes in the world between the Europe and the Orient.

The 1,450 soldiers of the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) are located in Djibouti in accordance with the defense cooperation treaty signed in 2011 with this country. The forward operational base (BOA) which receives them, offers the armies, like the BOA of Côte d’Ivoire, various capacities: a veritable reservoir of forces, it participates in the defense of French interests, in the logistical support of operations on the continent, while contributing to military cooperation actions for the benefit of several African countries. In addition, the French forces stationed in Djibouti are supporting their partners in the regional economic community of East Africa with a view to consolidating their military capacities, in particular as part of their participation in peacekeeping operations.

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