December 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – On November 9, 2020, the crew of the surveillance frigate (FS) Nivôse set sail for its second mission of the year in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF).
In these isolated spaces, far from any support and in extreme conditions, all precautions have been taken to limit the risk so as not to introduce the virus on board.
Air and sea surveillance was first carried out jointly with a Mauritian coast guard aircraft, between the two sister islands (islands belonging to the Seychelles archipelago), then the Nivôse patrolled off Cabo Delgado, the northern region of Mozambique.
Finally, the Armed Forces building in the southern Indian Ocean zone (FAZSOI) carried out a fisheries policing mission in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) attached to the islands of Juan de Nova and Bassas da India. These areas, with rich but vulnerable biodiversity, are regularly the object of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing incursions.
This initial phase ended in Durban, a coastal city in the province of Natal. The Nivôse and its crew are now starting their descent towards the Crozet archipelago, proud to be the first combat vessel to reinvest in this exceptional mission of sovereignty since the start of the pandemic, 8 months after their last deployment in the area.