March 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – Deployed east of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of French Polynesia in the northern waters of the Marquesas for a fisheries police mission, Arago carried out a reconnaissance mission on the island of Eiao on the 12th and March 13, 2020.
Small island of 60 km², Eiao is located to the northwest of the Marquesas Islands. This island is one of the uninhabited islands of French Polynesia.
As part of this reconnaissance, the Arago’s crew split into two teams: the first team, deployed on land, surveyed the sometimes very rugged terrain of the island in order to get to know it better. This also made it possible to recognize the only path on the island. At the same time, the team was able to identify a path that provides access to the plateau by a bay located in the southwest of the island. The second team, which remained on board, inaugurated new moorings. This could be done in particular by using the “BALI” system of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy allowing a zodiac to carry out “doubts removal” by summary surveys and to use them immediately. This second task is reminiscent of the past of the boat, once roaming the Pacific as a hydrographic building
Knowledge of the 118 islands and atolls of French Polynesia is part of the sovereignty missions of the Armed Forces in French Polynesia in the Pacific in order to know the environment and, if necessary, provide the necessary support. This is why Arago stopped there in order to accomplish a double reconnaissance mission, both land and sea.