New Caledonia – Sea cucumber fisherman in difficulty north of the Bélep

September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On September 11, 2019, at 7:30 pm, the fishing vessel Nou was reported missing several days after leaving for a fishing trip in the North Lagoon. A Gardian maritime patrol aircraft from Flotilla 25F managed to locate the fishing boat the next day inside the Pelotas reef. A VHF contact established between the Gardian crew and the vessel’s crew indicated that the vessel appeared to be running out of fuel. While waiting for the arrival of another ship, the Gardian ensured a presence near…

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Sirius Attends Bastille Day in Noumea

July 26, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has conducted a port visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, where the ship’s company marched through the streets with the French Armed Forces to mark Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day is celebrated on 14 July each year to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, which was a turning point of the French Revolution. Bastille Day also marks the anniversary of the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Being fluent in French,…

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FS Prairial on South Pacific Patrol

March 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since 25 January, the ” Prairial ” surveillance frigate of the Armed Forces in French Polynesia has left the naval base of Papeete, its home port in Tahiti for an operational deployment of more than two months. Thanks to her ” Alouette III “, as well as to the ” Prairial ” boats , the frigate first carried out reconnaissance missions around the isolated Vanavana atoll. The objective of such reconnaissance missions is to collect and update information on land and sea land access…

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Vendémiaire at the Head of the Exercise Cagou

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – From February 4 to 6, the Vendémiaire surveillance frigate (FS) took part in the annual “Cagou” exercise, which brought together the four ships of the French Navy stationed in New Caledonia: the FS Vendémiaire , the building support and assistance overseas Entrecasteaux , and patrolmen The Glorious and the Mocking . During this exercise, the frigate conducted numerous maneuvers in coordination with the other ships (mutual assistance, refueling at sea, towing, tactical evolution …). Finally, an anti-aircraft training against a Gardian aircraft of the…

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Vendémiaire in the Spotlight

February 11, 2019 – On 18 January, Major General Thierry Marchand, Commander (COMSUP) of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC), presided over a ceremony aboard the Vendémiaire surveillance frigate (FS) . During this event, he congratulated the crew members for their action during Operation UATIO 10. This mission was conducted in December 2017, with the aim of intercepting two Vietnamese “blue boats” fishing illegally in French territorial waters. The Vendémiaire was then the heart of the intervention system, which also included a Gardian aircraft of the Flotilla 25F and…

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Navy provides support to APEC Leaders’ Summit in PNG

November 17, 2018 – HMAS Adelaide’s arrival into Port Moresby has brought the spotlight onto the enduring partnership between Papua New Guinea and Australia, the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) maritime component commander for Operation APEC 2018 ASSIST said. As part of the ADF’s support for APEC 2018, Adelaide embarked a broad range of capabilities that will be made available to the host nation on request to help ensure a safe and secure Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit. “As our closest neighbor, Papua New Guinea and Australia share many historical,…

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First arrivals prepare for successful APEC

November 9, 2018 – Australian Defence Force personnel have begun to arrive in Port Moresby as part of Australian Government support to the Government of Papua New Guinea to deliver the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. A small contingent of personnel flew in on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster, and the Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship, HMAS Adelaide, has taken up position in full view of APEC House, along with patrol boats HMAS Glenelg and HMAS Larrakia. Over the coming weeks personnel will support Papua New Guinea…

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Amphibious forces join for major exercise

Navy’s amphibious focus has shifted into top gear with two Task Groups now deployed across the region. While the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group continues its successful deployment in the South West Pacific, a major exercise has concluded off the north Queensland coast. Exercise SEA EXPLORER was one of a series of exercises, providing an opportunity for both Navy and Army to participate in community events in the town of Bowen. Amphibious operations are among the most complex, required for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, non-combatant evacuation, and joint combat operations.…

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Container ship Kea Trader stranded: Armed Forces in New Caledonia mobilized

Google Translation On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, the Kea Trader, an 184-meter container ship, ran aground on Durand Reefs, 50 nautical miles southeast of Mare Island, triggering the ORSEC Ship Assistance Plan In difficulty, and the setting up, under the responsibility of the commander of the maritime zone New Caledonia, of the Crisis Treatment Center (CTCM). On the same day the armed forces of New Caledonia mobilized. The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate diverged to rally the zone as quickly as possible and to support the action of the projected means. At…

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