April 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – Following the passage of tropical cyclone HAROLD over Vanuatu, the armed forces in New Caledonia transported more than eleven tonnes of humanitarian cargo by sea. This operation was carried out in conjunction with the High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia, the French Embassy in Port Vila and the territorial delegation of the French Red Cross.
This cargo was delivered on April 23 by the overseas support and assistance building (BSAOM) D’Entrecasteaux. Since October 2019, the Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has positioned humanitarian stock in Noumea, within the premises of the territorial delegation of the French Red Cross. This measure was taken within the framework of the FRANZ agreement, a tripartite cooperation agreement which has since 1992 joined France, Australia and New Zealand with the aim of coordinating civil and military aid to the Pacific States and territories. island victims of natural disasters. It made it possible to have a regional stock of essential equipment (1000 tarpaulins, 450 “shelter kits”, 200 “hygiene kits”) quickly mobilized for the benefit of the disaster victims.
In the current context of the COVID 19 crisis, the freight was disinfected with virucidal product and unloaded in Port-Vila, respecting a very strict protocol avoiding any contact between the crew and the Vanuatu staff.
Within their permanent area of responsibility, the 1,450 soldiers of the armed forces in New Caledonia have as main missions to ensure the sovereignty of France, to animate regional cooperation and to maintain privileged relations with the whole riparian countries. The FANC regularly commit their resources to aid operations for the populations, in support of other state services.