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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Patrol Cutter “La Confiance” of the French Navy will be docked at Pointe Seraphine, Saint Lucia, making a courtesy call for three days, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018.
This call is on the occasion of the celebration of the 39th Independence Anniversary of Saint Lucia.
“La Confiance” is named after the famous Robert Surcouf’s three-mast light frigate, armed with 18 guns, which was launched in Bordeaux in 1799. This frigate led it in a campaign for several months in the Indian Ocean where she captured the HMS Kent, a 1200-barrel Indiaman carrying 40 guns, in a fight that remained famous.
Main operations carried out by “La Confiance” in the Region:
– surveillance of the exclusive economic zone and protection of maritime approaches and the Guiana Space Center;
– fishing police and preservation of fishing resources in French Guiana: Capable of launching two boats in a sequence of less than three minutes
– fight against illicit trafficking and control the flow of migrants
– public service: navigation monitoring, backup, rescue, assistance, pollution control, with storage and lifting capacity of pollutants from 2.5 t to 5 m