July 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Monday, July 27, off New Caledonia, the BSAOM D’Entrecasteaux carried out exercises at sea with the Australian amphibious group made up of the landing ship HMAS Choules and the mine hunter HMAS Huon .
After a series of tactical evolutions and radio procedures, the Hat-trick helicopter (MRH90, Australian navy version of the NH90) performed aviation maneuvers on the back deck of the BSAOM in “free deck” procedure in order to eliminate all risks. virus transmission.
In addition to the training interest they represent, these combined exercises demonstrate the interoperability between the French and Australian navies, who share many interests in this area of the Pacific.
The Entrecasteaux BSAOM was returning from a sovereignty and fisheries surveillance patrol lasting several tens of days in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of Wallis & Futuna, Fiji and Vanuatu for the benefit of the FFA ( Forum Fishery Agency ) and the countries concerned.
These patrols carried out non-stop and despite the COVI19 crisis are a sign of the dynamic cooperation between the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), the Wallisian territory and the Pacific island countries. In addition, they make it possible to assert the regular presence of France in the South Pacific.