Vendémiaire Visits Sydney

September 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its patrol mission in the zone of responsibility of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia, the Vendémiaire Surveillance Frigate made a stop in Sydney, from September 6 to 11, 2019. This new stopover of a French frigate in Australia s ‘part of the cooperation, reinforced by the FANC with its partners in the Indo-Pacific area The stopover, saw several activities run in parallel with the preparation of PASSEX. Shortly before the start of the official reception in the presence of Mrs.…

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Vendémiaire Trains With HMAS Brisbane

August 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – At the end of a week of training, essential to the training of the newly embarked personnel, the crew of the Vendémiaire conducted a day of joint exercise with the Australian Navy. Made with HMAS Brisbane, the latest Australian destroyer off the coast of Nouméa, it allowed French and Australian sailors to improve their interoperability by running complex exercises. The interaction began with an evolution exercise in parallel with the implementation of the Alouette III. The latter took several snapshots of evolutions before making…

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FS Vendémiaire PASSEX off Fiji

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, May 30, 2019, early in the morning, the Alouette III of Vendémiaire took off in the direction of East Timor to participate in a bilateral exercise in the territorial waters of that country. The crew was reinforced by the presence of a tactical controller. Once on land, the latter provided his expertise to Timor-Leste’s security forces to optimize their fisheries control and surveillance procedures in their territorial waters. Meanwhile, the crew of the Alouette III recovered a Timorese air force pilot with…

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Vendémiaire at the Head of the Exercise Cagou

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – From February 4 to 6, the Vendémiaire surveillance frigate (FS) took part in the annual “Cagou” exercise, which brought together the four ships of the French Navy stationed in New Caledonia: the FS Vendémiaire , the building support and assistance overseas Entrecasteaux , and patrolmen The Glorious and the Mocking . During this exercise, the frigate conducted numerous maneuvers in coordination with the other ships (mutual assistance, refueling at sea, towing, tactical evolution …). Finally, an anti-aircraft training against a Gardian aircraft of the…

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Vendémiaire in the Spotlight

February 11, 2019 – On 18 January, Major General Thierry Marchand, Commander (COMSUP) of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), presided over a ceremony aboard the Vendémiaire surveillance frigate (FS) . During this event, he congratulated the crew members for their action during Operation UATIO 10. This mission was conducted in December 2017, with the aim of intercepting two Vietnamese “blue boats” fishing illegally in French territorial waters. The Vendémiaire was then the heart of the intervention system, which also included a Gardian aircraft of the Flotilla 25F and…

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Australia and France exercise at sea

HMAS Anzac and FS Vendémiaire have conducted a passage exercise off the East coast of Australia to support training and build interoperability between Navies. Both ships took the opportunity to conduct boat transfers and cross deck operations, where six personnel from each ship spent an afternoon experiencing life at sea in a foreign warship. Onboard Vendémiaire, Anzac personnel were greeted by the Chief Engineer who took them on a tour of the ship, including the machinery control room, bakery, hangar, bridge, upper decks and wardroom. Maritime Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant…

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Vendémiaire Conducts South China Sea Patrol

Google Translation Deployed for nearly two months in Asia with the aim of asserting the French presence in the Pacific, reinforce the naval cooperation with the riparian and allied marines, and provide France with a capacity of autonomous appreciation of situation in the area, the frigate surveillance Vendémiaire conducted a patrol in the South China Sea. The surveillance frigate thus begins a new phase of its mission, to affirm the principles of freedom of movement at sea and in the air, in accordance with international law, in a highly contested…

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Franco-Indonesian cooperation for FS Vendémiaire

Google Translation Engaged in a three-month operational deployment in Asia, the Vendémiaire surveillance frigate  landed on January 23, 2018 in Jayapura, on the North Coast of the province of Papua, Indonesia. First French military building to stop at Jayapura, the Vendémiaire  was highly anticipated. During his 3 days of presence, he received on board more than 165 visitors. From January 26, a few hours after his departure from Jayapura, the Vendémiaire  conducted a bilateral exercise with the Indonesian naval patrol Piton . The aim was to conduct a visit operation on a vessel suspected of engaging in illegal fishing activities, a phenomenon…

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USNS Rappahannock Delivers Fuel to French Frigate

Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with a foreign vessel in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 3. The Rappahannock transferred fuel to the French frigate FS Vendémiaire (F734), a light patrol frigate. USNS Rappahannock is a Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC). MSC conducts hundreds of replenishments-at-sea a year supporting the U.S. Navy and partner nations. Despite a vast experience in RAS operations, the procedure is inherently dangerous. “While we don’t RAS with our partner nations as routinely as our…

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USS Michael Murphy Conducts Passing Exercise with French Navy

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and French frigate FS Vendemiaire conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), Jan. 29. During the PASSEX the ships operated in close proximity to one another. The exercise strengthened Sailors’ knowledge and practical application in ship handling and navigation. “This exercise was a unique opportunity for Michael Murphy to conduct training with the French Navy and practice ship handling and warfighting skills,” said Cmdr. Kevin Louis, commanding officer of Michael Murphy. “Working together furthers our mutual ability to operate and see what can be learned from each…

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Vendémiaire on ASIA 2018.1 Mission

Google Translation The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate sailed on January 15 from Nouméa, for a three-month mission that will take its crew from Indonesia to South Korea through China or Guam. This deployment aims to strengthen knowledge of sensitive areas of the Western Pacific such as the South China Sea. During the first leg of the mission, the frigate anchored in Waala Bay, Belep Islands, New Caledonia on 16 January. A delegation of the vessel led by the Commander, Commander Alexandre Blonce, went ashore to the Grand Chiefdom to meet the…

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Container ship Kea Trader stranded: Armed Forces in New Caledonia mobilized

Google Translation On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, the Kea Trader, an 184-meter container ship, ran aground on Durand Reefs, 50 nautical miles southeast of Mare Island, triggering the ORSEC Ship Assistance Plan In difficulty, and the setting up, under the responsibility of the commander of the maritime zone New Caledonia, of the Crisis Treatment Center (CTCM). On the same day the armed forces of New Caledonia mobilized. The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate diverged to rally the zone as quickly as possible and to support the action of the projected means. At…

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