During their deployment to the North Pacific, Crew B of the Overseas Surveillance and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Bougainville assisted 3 American boaters aboard a drifting fishing vessel for more than 24 hours.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, while the BSAOM Bougainville is patrolling on a presence and surveillance mission approximately 130 nautical miles off the Hawaiian archipelago, the watch team detected a small drifting fishing vessel. After contact by VHF radio, the three passengers of the Mahina declared that they had major engine damage and had been adrift for more than 24 hours. the action being located in the area of responsibility of the Joint rescue coordination center (JCC) of Honolulu, the French sailors got in touch with Honolulu for the coordination of the relief. At the request of the adrift vessel, and in agreement with the JRCC of Honolulu and the Admiral Commander of the Asia-Pacific Zone (ALPACI), the Bougainville provided assistance for a 22-hour towing by sea 4 to 5, i.e. a strong swell, and recovered the 3 passengers on board.
On the morning of September 19, 5 nautical miles from the coast of Oahu, another fishing boat came to take over towing to bring it back to the dock.
This operation illustrates the capacity of the French armed forces to intervene in Asia-Pacific, an area of strategic interest.