Colombia Applauds French Assistance at the San Andres Islands

February 20, 2020 (Google Translation) – Within the framework of international cooperation between the Colombian Navy and the French Navy, the ship “Dumont D’Urville” joined the logistical support for the reconstruction of the department of San Andrés Islas.

The ship made a visit to the ARC “Bolívar” Naval Base where it was received by Rear Admiral Juan Ricardo Rozo Obregón, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, in order to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two sister countries and join forces logistics and operations to support the reconstruction of the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina.

In this sense, the French ship set sail to fulfill a fundamental mission of logistical support and transport of 44.6 tons between construction materials and electrical appliances articulated by the Command of the ARC “Bolívar” Naval Base and the National Management Unit of the Disaster Risk -UNGRD-, with the purpose of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all the inhabitants of the Archipelago department.

Upon arrival in San Andrés Islas, he was received by Rear Admiral Hernando Mattos Dager, commander of the San Andrés y Providencia Specific Command. The ship that will be in San Andrés for 3 days and which is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Frédéric Ollive, is part of the French Navy since 2019 and has a high level of enlistment and automation in its equipment that allows it to carry out carry out its humanitarian missions with an optimized crew of 24 people, to guarantee an effective operational deployment during its navigation.

It is important to note that France is the second country, after the United States, to join the reconstruction work on the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina, with the deployment of afloat logistical support units, necessary for the articulation of the entities within the framework of the Unified State Action.

In this way, the Colombian Navy and the French Navy ratify their commitment in the deployment of means and resources that strengthen the logistical capacities and human talent in the island territory, contributing in a decisive and supportive way to the reconstruction and support tasks. integral to the communities of Providencia and Santa Catalina Island affected by the passage of Hurricane Iota.

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