Champlain Completes Southern Indian Ocean Patrol

June 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – From May 17 to June 9, 2021, the A crew of the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain carried out a surveillance mission in the South Indian Ocean area. Commitment rich by the diversity of its activities, the crew contributed to the State Action at Sea (AEM) in the area. It also enriched its operational readiness and played a major role in the annual Joint Armed Forces Exercise in the Southern Indian Ocean Zone (FAZSOI) MAMBA 2021.

In an area with marked French interests, the Champlain took part in various AEM missions. On the outskirts of the Glorious Islands, with their protected biodiversity, the shore has prepared itself to conduct fishing police operations. In order to prepare for the fight against maritime pollution, a joint exercise with the Mayotte naval base made it possible to train the teams and test the equipment. Finally, the crew led a patrol against drug trafficking, led to the far reaches of the southern hemisphere, on the routes of heroin, cannabis and methamphetamines. The constant presence of the navy in these waters contributes to the deterrence of illicit activities.

This deployment also made it possible to strengthen the operational readiness of the crew. After a period of support on land, everyone had to learn the automatisms of their post again. With combativeness and involvement, recurrent exercises made it possible to prepare to face the various risks (man overboard, fire, waterway) and in combat. This revival of the crew was also accompanied by the strengthening of cooperation between the French and Ethiopian navies. During the entire mission, two Ethiopian officers, in training, became part of the life and preparation of the crew.

A highlight of the mission, the MAMBA 2021 exercise made it possible to validate the full integration of the Champlain into the operational preparation of the FAZSOI. Alongside the 2nd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment and the 50 “Réunion” transport squadron stationed on the Air Detachment 181, the BSAOM’s mission was to lead a national extraction operation on the island. of the Glorious. After a night amphibious maneuver, the Champlain placed himself in support of the force ashore. The success of this exercise illustrates the Navy’s readiness for joint operations.

The crew is already preparing for its new deadline, the Scattered Islands supply tour mission as well as the embarkation of the equipment necessary for the sovereignty detachments of the Glorieuses, Juan de Nova and Europa.

The Champlain is the third unit in a series of 4 BSAOMs. Delivered in 2017, it joined Reunion to carry out supply missions to the Scattered Islands and surveillance of the southern Indian Ocean area (fight against illicit trafficking, knowledge of the area). It is also armed by twenty-four sailors.

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