June 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – On June 8, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre departed from Toulon to participate in Operation Corymbe in the Gulf of Guinea.
At 8:00 am the building leaves the quay. An hour later, he embarked on two material transport barges (CTM), and at 10:30 a.m. a Caïman Marine helicopter from Flotilla 31F landed on his flight deck. In addition to a reinforced medical team, it is therefore three detachments (FLOPHIB, FORFUSCO and 31F) which come to reinforce the capacities of Tonnerre for this operation in the Gulf of Guinea.
It is with nearly 270 people on board that the PHA will ensure the regular presence of a French vessel in the Gulf of Guinea, an area marked by many maritime security challenges and where nearly 80,000 of our nationals live on land.
In addition, Tonnerre will continue to cooperate with the region’s navies in support of the Yaoundé process, by participating in joint patrols. His presence will also be an opportunity to conduct training with the French forces stationed in the area.
Finally, the 152 nd mandate of Operation Corymbe intervenes in the specific context of the Covid-19 health crisis, which requires the greatest vigilance. Thus, strict prevention and organization measures have been taken on board in order to contain any risk of contamination on land, preserve the health of the crew and guarantee the availability of the vessel. Stopovers will be limited to what is strictly necessary (refueling) and made while avoiding any contact. Reinforcements from the army health service (SSA) have been on board to strengthen the ability to detect, treat and even evacuate any seafarer presenting suspicious symptoms.