France Announces Names for Overseas Patrollers (POM)

May 20, 2021 (Google Translation) – Ordered in 2019 for a delivery staggered between 2023 and 2025, the six future Overseas Patrollers (POM) of the French Navy will be named in tribute to six great overseas heroes of Free France, companions of the Liberation. Names were chosen based on the duty station of each unit.

Two patrollers are intended for each of the communities of New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Reunion. The first of them, scheduled to be delivered in 2023 and based in New Caledonia, will be named August Bénébig , a native of Noumea. He will be followed by the Jean Tranape. Those destined for French Polynesia will be baptized Teriieroo a teriierooiterai and Philippe Bernardino. Those in Reunion : Auguste Techer and Félix Éboué.

The POM class will bear the name of Félix Éboué, in tribute to this Guyanese resistance fighter from the very beginning, a figure in the rallying of French Equatorial Africa to Free France [1] .

Innovative buildings, endowed with increased surveillance capacities and enhanced autonomy, the POMs will renew the resources dedicated to sovereignty missions and the protection of national interests in overseas maritime areas.

The choice of the six overseas personalities who will give their names to the future POMs is a decision of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly.

A major step in the renewal of military capabilities stationed overseas, the construction of POMs responds to a priority of the Military Programming Law (LPM) 2019-2025. It makes it possible to make up for temporary breaks in overseas capacity by replacing the P400s in sufficient numbers. The latter, designed in the 1980s, have served overseas and have been gradually decommissioned since 2009. The last of them, La Glorieuse, is due to be withdrawn from active service in 2022.

Delivered by the end of 2025, the six POMs will be based in New Caledonia (Nouméa), Reunion Island (Port des Galets) and French Polynesia (Papeete), with two units per home port.

The extent of the French Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in these oceans requires robust and enduring patrollers to ensure long and distant missions. POMs are particularly suited to the Indian and Pacific Oceans (autonomy, sea-keeping, etc.) as well as to technical support structures located overseas.

The Navy paid special attention to the design of the POMs. They are developed to accomplish their missions while providing the crew with modern equipment and comfort far superior to older ships.

The missions of the POMs will be:

Respect for French sovereignty and protection of national interests in the French EEZs and their surroundings;
Fisheries police and preservation of fishery resources;
Fight against illicit activities including drug trafficking and against illegal immigration;
Intervention against maritime pollution and participation in the preservation of the environment (monitoring of marine protected areas);
Navigation police;
Participation in the rescue of people at sea;
Assistance to vessels in difficulty (including emergency towing capacity).

These innovative buildings will be equipped with an on-board drone increasing their surveillance capacities. They will benefit from increased autonomy, a doubled range of action and less polluting hybrid propulsion. The POMs will thus renew the resources of a state-of-the-art Navy to ensure its missions of sovereignty and protection of national interests in the overseas maritime areas of New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Reunion.

[1] Traditionally attributed to the first in the series, the name of the class will exceptionally be that of the last in the series, which will both honor Félix Éboué in particular, meet the priority capacity requirement and assign to the first POM assigned to Reunion Island the name of a native of the island ( Auguste Techer ).

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