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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French SSN in Indian Ocean

Google Translation As part of its deployment in the Indian Ocean, the nuclear attack submarine Perle has emerged in recent days in Exercise TIGER EEL 18 conducted with the UAE. Deployed for nearly two months in the Indian Ocean, the nuclear attack submarine Perle has made an operational release in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), hosted by Rear Admiral Didier Piaton Commander Maritime Zone, ALINDIEN, and supported by the naval base of Abu Dhabi. The deployment on the scene of a submarine attack was widely expected, both by the military…

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FS Lyre Deploys to Indian Ocean

Google Translation The minesweeper “Lyre” sailed Tuesday, January 30 for Indian Ocean mission. This mission aims to conduct whaling operations preventive mines in traffic areas of our naval and commercial vessels. Using its facilities, including its hull sonar hunter Lyre mines will conduct surveys of the seabed, which are then compiled into databases. These databases will be an essential resource for any military operations of mining conducted by France in this area of ​​major strategic interest is the Indian Ocean. This mission will also strengthen our ties in the field…

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Oceanographic vessel Admiral Vladimirsky starts research in Indian Ocean

The Russian Navy’s oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky has reached the Indian Ocean and started research operation within the 2nd international expedition in the Indian Ocean under the auspices of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The ship is tasked to perform a large amount of research work in order to update navigational charts on her transit route in the Baltic, Northern, Mediterranean and Red seas, as well as in the Indian Ocean and the north-east Atlantic Ocean. The main goal of the expedition is a complex oceanographic research in the…

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Baltic Fleet research ship Admiral Vladimirsky lays it course to Indian Ocean

Baltic Fleet research ship Admiral Vladimirsky has left Kronstadt for the Indian Ocean. The route is laid through the Baltic and Northern Seas, English Channel, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean. The ship crew is to make complex oceanographic researches and check ship’s radio navigation systems.

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