April 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – During the night of April 21 to 22, the La Fayette-type Frigate (FLF) Guépratte made a second seizure of narcotics. Deployed as part of the European operation AGÉNOR, the military component of the EMASoH ( European-led Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz ) mission , Guépratte is also occasionally engaged in a national operation to fight drug trafficking.
During the night of April 21 to 22, after tracking a suspicious dhow near the Gulf of Oman, the Guépratte received authorization from the commander of the Indian Ocean maritime zone (ALINDIEN), its operational controller but also State representative at sea, to visit. The FLF thus discovered more than three tons of cannabis resin on the small boat. The cargo was then seized and destroyed. Illicit trafficking in the region contributes to the financing of terrorism and organized crime. This is the second large-scale seizure for Guépratt e in a fortnight, which has dealt a further blow to the terrorist financing channels.
Deployed as part of the European operation AGÉNOR, the frigate works in particular to respect the freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the Strait of Hormuz. Moreover, its missions are part of a logic of reinsurance of commercial traffic in the Strait of Hormuz while allowing an independent assessment of the situation of France in this region.