July 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – Deployed since early July, the Entrecasteaux Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) has patrolled for several days in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Wallis and Futuna. With twelve hours of time difference and more than 16000km separating it from Paris, the territory of Wallis and Futuna is the furthest from the metropolis. It was the first deployment of a French military building in a year.
Located in the area of responsibility of the armed forces of New Caledonia (FANC), Wallis and Futuna relies on military resources based in Noumea to support them in all of the area’s surveillance and action missions. state at sea (sovereignty, fight against illegal fishing, anti-pollution support, etc.).
The operational break at Mata Utu (Island of Wallis) was punctuated by operational activities including the reconnaissance of beaching sites for the landing barge.
Protocol and customary events were also organized (ceremonies and official meals, meeting of the higher administration and Lavelua, king of Wallis). Finally, recruitment and outreach activities with several Wallisian middle and high schools were carried out.