The Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Bougainville continues its mission in Samoan waters after setting sail from Papeete.
Due to the unavailability of its means of surveillance, the government of the Samoan Islands has asked its various partners to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Thus after the successive passages of the patroller La Glorieuse of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), whose area of responsibility includes Samoan waters, American coast guards and a New Zealand navy vessel, the Bougainville also contributed to monitoring the EEZ, helping Samoa to secure sovereignty in the Pacific.
This patrol is part of the OP365 mission of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), a cooperative maritime surveillance mission in the EEZs of all the Pacific island countries. Bougainville’s action is part of the French project to create a Pacific coastguard network. Initiated in mid-November by a first seminar organized in Tahiti by the commander of the Asia-Pacific maritime zone, this network aims to strengthen maritime security links between partners in Oceania.