French frigate to make port call in Cape Town from 31 Jan to 4 February
From the 31st of January to the 4th of February 2013, the French Navy surveillance frigate Nivôse will visit Cape Town for a routine port of call on its way to the French Southern and Antarctic territories (TAAF).
The surveillance frigate “Nivôse” is the third ship of a series of six vessels of the same class, built at the French shipyard “Chantiers de l’Atlantique” in Saint-Nazaire between 1990 and 1993.
These surveillance frigates are ensuring France’s interest by patrolling in the deep sea as well as overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty. They fulfil an extensive range of operational needs such as the surveillance of maritime area, anti piracy missions as part of EU operation Atalanta, the navigation and fishing police in the French Southern and Antarctic territories as well as public service operations and the enforcement of France’s international defence agreements.
This port of call will contribute to strengthen France’s influence in the Indian Ocean by enhancing cooperation with the South African Navy.