June 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – During a patrol mission within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of French Polynesia, the surveillance frigate (FS) Prairial supported the detachment of Moruroa.
Since the dismantling of the nuclear test sites on the Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls in the Tuamotu archipelago in 2000, a detachment of the Pacific Polynesian Marine Infantry Regiment (RIMaP-P) has been carrying out a permanent mission monitoring and protection of sites and their approaches.
The nearby FS Prairial patrol thus enabled the detachment to conduct ship detection training. By taking advantage of their coastal navigation radar and multisource data, the operators of Moruroa faced real conditions with different scenarios created by the Prairial . This training was extended, once the vessel was docked, by radar training provided by the sailors for the permanent employees of Moruroa, in order to optimize the radar surveillance of the approaches. Since the latter is available 24 hours a day, the knowledge and experience provided by Prairial detection experts was particularly useful and appreciated.
The presence of the ship’s doctor and the Prairial’s medical infrastructure also made it possible to provide health support for one of the soldiers, who was able to benefit from a consultation, an X-ray and a treatment, limiting the risk preventive health evacuation. The building finally contributed to the logistical support of the atoll through the transport of material to Tahiti.
In return, the Moruroa detachment allowed the Prairial to practice asymmetric wrestling during approach navigation by simulating a realistic threat of harassment by fast craft.
Two years after its last passage off Moruroa, the Prairial docked on June 11, which had not happened in five years. This meeting made it possible to develop mutual joint knowledge through cross visits to the atoll.