FS Champlain on a Scientific Support Mission

Deployed since November 29, 2021 on a maritime surveillance mission in the Indian Ocean, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain has carried out a support mission for scientific operations at sea for the benefit of the French office. of biodiversity (OFB) from December 6 to 12, 2021.

The teams in charge of the campaign “Assessment of the state of health of isolated reefs in Mayotte and the Glorious Archipelago” boarded Champlain for the final scientific sequence of a program started last September.

Co-piloted by the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) and the French Biodiversity Office (OFB), through the Mayotte Marine Natural Park, the main objective of this campaign is to establish the state of health of the reefs. of the Zélée bench in the Mayotte natural marine park and of the Geyser bench, of Grande Glorieuse, and of the Lys island within the national nature reserve of the Glorieuses Archipelago, created on June 8, 2021.

This last field mission was carried out with the support of the armed forces in the southern Indian Ocean zone (FAZSOI) through the mobilization of Le Champlain, who brought his technical expertise to scientific operations at sea. beyond the usual BSAOM missions of surveillance, protection, assistance to populations and ships in distress and logistical support.

This is the second time that the Champlain has supported the research work of the TAAF and the Mayotte Marine Natural Park in this area, by bringing on board a team of experts.

A commitment rich in the diversity of its activities and its significant logistical capacities, this Champlain mission , in partnership with the TAAF and OFB teams, testifies to the pooling of State resources in the southern zone of the Indian Ocean, for the benefit of scientific research and knowledge of the environment.

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