August 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, a Falcon 200 Gardian from the 25F flotilla then in training in the South of Tahiti was contacted by the Polynesia Airspace Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) to locate a light aircraft in difficulty.
The aircraft, a single-engine Piper PA-24 coming from Rarotonga (Cook Islands), was heading towards Tahiti Airport in total electrical failure. Without his radio means, it was impossible for the pilot to communicate or transmit his position using his transponder.
Thanks to the good coordination with the airport controllers, the Gardian of Flotilla 25F quickly traveled to the search area. After finding the aircraft, the crew accompanied him for a hundred kilometers until his landing in Tahiti, safely.
In the same day, at 22:30, the flotilla 25F was again engaged for a medical evacuation. A young Polynesian girl from the Hao Atoll, in the Tuamotu archipelago, more than 900km from Papeete, was to be repatriated. Very quickly, the aircraft was implemented and equipped with all the necessary equipment for medical assistance in flight.
After an hour fifteen flight, the Falcon of the Navy landed in Hao. The patient was brought to the plane by the fire brigade of the atoll and supported by the UAS. The Gardian then immediately took off again to Tahiti where the wounded was transported to Taaone Hospital as soon as she arrived.
Achieved in less than 24 hours, this double intervention illustrates the variety of missions conferred on FAPF and their ability to adapt on low notice. This also illustrates the specific skills of the Flotille 25F and the ability to use the Falcon 200 Gardian, a major asset in this island region.
The 900 soldiers of the armed forces of French Polynesia constitute a pre-positioned joint maritime organization which, with the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), has for main mission to assure the sovereignty of France on the “Pacific theater”. It allows France to be able to ensure its sovereignty, including in its remote territories, to intervene in case of natural disaster but also to fight against growing threats such as illegal trafficking and to animate regional military cooperation with all countries bordering the Pacific area.