On Saturday August 14, 2021, the polar patrol boat L’Astrolabe , reinforced by the sailors of its “complement of sovereignty” (complement of crew), left its base port of Reunion for a mission facing south, in the roaring 40ths, maritime area located between the 40th and 50th parallels in the southern hemisphere and so nicknamed because of the strong winds that establish themselves there.
The Astrolabe is armed by the French Navy. It is deployed in particular for the benefit of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). Its current mission is to patrol and assert the French presence in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) around the French subantarctic islands: Crozet, Kerguelen, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam.
This mission contributes to asserting the sovereignty of France over preserved and regulated areas, placed under the administration of the TAAF. In sometimes extreme weather conditions, L’Astrolabe sailed as close as possible to the Kerguelen and Amsterdam islands, but also to the crater of Saint –Paul.
During this mission, the building also carried out a large number of training sessions such as the implementation of the visit team and fishing control actions, which are particularly delicate in these areas.
At the end of its patrol, L’Astrolabe headed for Fremantle in Western Australia, for its first major technical shutdown, a period allowing preventive maintenance operations to be carried out in order to regenerate the building’s potential. The polar patrol boat docked on the morning of August 30 in the “HMAS Stirling ” naval base of the Royal Australian Navy.