Leaving the port of Mindelo (Cape Verde) on October 26, 2021, the High Seas Patroller (PHM) Commander Ducuing closed the chapter of the 158 th mandate of Operation CORYMBE. During two and a half months of patrol in the Gulf of Guinea, he covered more than 14,000 nautical miles (or 26,000 km) and called in seven different countries: Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Gabon, Benin, Togo and Cape Verde.
In an area strongly marked by piracy, the French patrol vessel has directly contributed to reducing maritime insecurity by operating on numerous occasions with regional partners. At the same time, Commander Ducuing directly contributed to bringing the European initiative of CMP (coordinated maritime presences) to life by carrying out PASSEX (mutual training at sea) with the Spanish vessels Vigia and Italian Marceglia . The operations and training carried out in cooperation make it possible to optimize the deployments of European buildings in the region by distributing the patrols in distinct zones.
During his mission, the sailors of Commander Ducuing were able to benefit from the support of the presence forces deployed on the perimeter of the Gulf of Guinea (French elements in Senegal (EFS), French forces in Côte d’Ivoire (FFCI) and French elements in Gabon (EFG)), thus illustrating the relevance of the pre-positioning of these forces near areas of strategic interest for France. Operation CORYMBE continues with the arrival in the zone of the Germinal Surveillance Frigate (FS) .