PRESS RELEASE – The Batral “Dumont D’Urville” of the French Navy will be docked at Castries harbour, Saint Lucia, making a courtesy call during three days, from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd February 2017.
This call is on the occasion of the celebration of the 38th Independence Anniversary of Saint Lucia.
The “Dumont D’Urville” is the third of five French Batrals (meaning light transport ship). Construction began in 1980 in the shipyard of Grand Quevilly in Normandy and it joined the French fleet on 5th February 1983. It has been in the Caribbean zone, Fort de France in particular, since 2010.
Main operations carried out by the “Dumont D’Urville” in the Region since 2011:
- Three humanitarian freight operations in Haiti (transport of vehicles, medical equipment computers, clothing, books and toys) for the French Embassy in Haiti
- Four multinational exercises: “Caribbean 2013” in Guadeloupe, “Duna 2012 and Duna 2013” in the Dominican Republic and “Caribbean 2011” in Marie-Galante. These exercises demonstrated the interest of a force in the West Indies in the context of relief operations for countries affected by natural disasters.
- One hundred beach operations throughout the Caribbean (to include Haiti, Dominica Republic, St Kitts, St Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique) to validate a number of beaches for future cooperation exercises or activities.