February 25, 2020 (Google Translation) – Having left Tahiti on January 15, 2021, the surveillance frigate (FS) Prairial patrolled from February 10 to 19 in the East China Sea as part of Operation AETO, which is the national contribution to the international system to fight against bypassing of sanctions established by the United Nations Security Council.
Launched in January 2018, this system allows coordination between the eight participating States (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, France) in the implementation of the maritime aspect of the resolutions. United Nations to North Korea. In particular, this involves paying attention to transhipments at sea (oil, coal, iron, etc.) bypassing the limitations imposed by UN resolutions 2375 and 2397.
For this, Prairial can rely on the 7 French liaison officer an American fleet, aboard the USS Blueridge based in Japan. This officer allows the proper integration of French resources in the area.
Prairial is also taking advantage of opportunities to strengthen the level of cooperation with France’s partner navies in the Pacific, and more particularly with the Japanese self-defense forces.
Finally, this deployment allows France to show its attachment to the freedom of navigation in international waters, and to maintain its capacity for autonomous assessment of the situation in a disputed area.