Mission Clemenceau: Two sailors of the aircraft carrier in the spotlight

May 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Two sailors from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , Master Jonathan from Chaufferies and Master Kevin from Propulsion received a congratulatory letter from the commander on May 9 for saving the life of a six-year-old Indian boy who was drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel. After several weeks of mission between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, the aircraft carrier was in Goa at the beginning of May for an operational break and to start the dock phase of the Franco-Indian Varuna…

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First Piracy off Somalia in Seven Months

May 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between 21 and 23 April, a group of pirates attacked two Korean and Spanish fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia , before being apprehended as part of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. This is the first piracy incident around the Horn of Africa since October 2018. On April 19, 5 pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow. Two days later, the pirates attacked 2 fishing vessels with skiffs, using the dhow as the mother boat. EU NAVFOR immediately responded by sending air and naval units to…

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Arrival of the TAAF Prefect on FS Champlain

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 21 February 2019, the Prefect and Senior Administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) Evelyne Decorps boarded the Champlain on the occasion of her return to the naval base at Port des Galets. Accompanied by the commander of the naval base and the chief of staff of the armed forces of the southern Indian Ocean (FAZSOI), this was his first visit since taking office on 30 October 2018. This highly symbolic visit took place on the return of the Champlain’s first…

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Beautemps-Beaupré Deploys to Indian Ocean

February 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – After testing its scientific equipment and completing its operational training, the Beautemps-Beaupré Hydrographic and Oceanographic Building (BHO) sailed on January 16th for deployment in the Indian Ocean. The expectations, for the defense and the scientific world, are very important. Focus on the stakes of this mission. Before this departure, Beautemps-Beaupré crisscrossed the Iroise Sea and the Bay of Biscay to allow crew B to recover its reflexes and Shom staff (Marine Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service) to test and calibrate the all scientific equipment before…

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FS Floréal on Patrol in Southern Indian Ocean

December 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – The surveillance frigate Floréal left the island of La Réunion on 5 November for a fisheries surveillance mission in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). She then continued her patrol and headed for Cape Town, South Africa, to refuel with diesel fuel. In TAAF, the Floréal was able to interact with the Crozet district, an archipelago of French islands that has no permanent inhabitants but whose sovereignty is ensured by regular patrols. The frigate has welcomed on board the scientists and wintering of…

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Courbet in Joint Exercise off Djibouti

November 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the Indian Ocean since August 2018, the frigate Courbet took advantage of her operational release in Djibouti from 19 to 21 November, to carry out several exercises including a Tarpon exercise with the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj), before leaving the area by the straits of Bab El-Mandeb. Complex exercise involving many means, the Tarpon is to project on a building to the sea a commando detachment parachuted with his equipment, to meet an urgent need. Such a maneuver saves forces…

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Dialogue de Galle Held in Sri Lanka

November 19, 2018 – On October 22, 2018, Rear Admiral Didier Maleterre, Admiral Commander Indian Ocean Maritime Zone (ALINDIEN), traveled to Colombo, Sri Lanka, as part of the “Dialogue de Galle” forum, where he represented the Chief of Staff of the French Navy. Inaugurated in 2010, this international maritime forum aims to provide a common platform for stakeholders to express their vision and discuss issues related to maritime issues in the region. This forum which meets a growing success brought together this year representatives of about fifty countries and in…

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RFS Severomorsk Visits Victoria, Seychelles

October 29, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the crew of the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long voyage in the Indian Ocean, arrived in the port of Victoria of the Seychelles. This is already the second business trip of the North Sea to the Seychelles during this campaign, the previous one was in early October. In the current business visit, the crew of the Severomorsk BOD will replenish stocks of fuel, food and fresh water. Also planned are the descents of sailors,…

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FS Le Malin Departs for Indian Ocean Maritime Surveillance Mission

September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Friday, August 31, the patrol boat “Le Malin” left Port-des-Galets, its port-base on the island of Reunion, for a maritime surveillance mission in the South Indian Ocean. At the end of a staff shift during the months of July and August, the crew prepared to go back to sea: role redistribution, equipment review, training and training at the dock. Dock training continued at sea with a tighter sequence of navigation, safety and maneuvering exercises. The goal was to bring the edge to full…

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Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The vessel was located by an aircraft from the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. “As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners becomes more and more apparent in such a complex and…

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FS Nivôse Indian Ocean Heroin Bust

Within a month of joining Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), the French frigate, Nivôse, has seized 251 kilograms of heroin in the latest success for the Marine Nationale in the Indian Ocean. The ship, whose home base is in the French overseas department of Réunion, is currently conducting operations in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). CMF is an enduring global maritime partnership of 32 nations aligned in common purpose to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in order to provide security and stability in the maritime environment. On 8…

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NOAA teams up with India to strengthen ocean observations

In a remote region of the Indian Ocean lies the source of a mysterious weather pattern with tentacles that stretch across the tropics, influencing everything from monsoons in India to heat waves and flooding in the United States. Scientists and crew tend to an observing buoy in the Indian Ocean. This buoy is one of 46 observing instruments in the RAMA array. Not as well known as El Nino, this phenomenon is called the Madden-Julian Oscillation, named for Rolland Madden and Paul Julian, two scientists who discovered it in the…

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FS La Fayette Seizes 413 Kilos of Heroin in the Indian Ocean

On April 11, French frigate La Fayette seized more than 400kg of heroin. Under operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, Rear Admiral Piaton, the frigate has been deployed since the end of March in direct support of Combined Task Force 150, a naval task force fighting the terrorist networks in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the daily intelligence work carried out by the Alindien staff and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a dhow suspected of trafficking in drugs was identified and prosecuted by La Fayette…

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