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 whom they carried out a maritime surveillance mission (“SURMAR”) off Dili, the capital of the country. During this flight, the young pilot was able to discover the basic procedures used by the Navy to monitor the French exclusive economic zone.
This cooperation, the first of its kind with Timor Leste, cements the strengthening of relations that France has with the Pacific island countries.