French Elements in Gabon Support MEGALOPS III Exercise

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 June 2019, the Megalops III / African Nemo 19.3 exercise took place in Gabon. Initiated by France and supported by an operational training detachment of the French elements in Gabon (EFG), this exercise to control the maritime area of ​​the Gulf of Guinea allows the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ) to practice coping with frequent situations in the region.

For the third edition, the regional operational command and coordination bodies had to deal with various incidents of maritime pollution, illegal fishing, piracy, trafficking and illegal immigration throughout the maritime zone.

The marines of our partners were confronted by adversaries played by the French sailors of the high-sea patrol (PHM) Commander Bouan , present in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the mission Corymbe. The patroller welcomed the various operational control teams and made them play several scenarios so that the sailors could practice in all possible situations.

The presence of GFE instructors during this exercise helped to identify areas for improvement to improve the maritime safety procedures of the ECCAS area, particularly as regards the sharing of maritime safety information in real time.

As an operational cooperation center, the GFEs complete the training of military members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) during their training before engaging in internal or external operations. Nearly 8,400 trainees are distributed each year in more than 200 highly specialized courses. The GFE is also an operational and logistical support point (Joint Theater Support Base – BSIAT) in Central Africa for the possible conduct of an operation by the French army or for the transit of forces.