French surveillance frigate “Floréal” in Cape Town (24th April – 30th April)
The French surveillance frigate "Floréal" will visit Cape Town from 24th April to 30th April, 2013, as part of her mission in the waters of the French and Australian Southern and Antarctic Lands, and will be harboured at V&A Waterfront, quay Jetty 2.
FNS "Floréal" is stationed at Port-des-Galets in La Réunion. Commissioned in 1992, she is part of a series of six surveillance frigates of the same class built by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique dockyard in Saint-Nazaire.
The frigate fulfils a large range of operational need, patrolling overseas maritime areas under French sovereignty and in the deep sea to protect France’s interests. In this context, the “Floréal” carries out several tasks in the Indian Ocean, from anti piracy missions to fishery protection, control of illegal trafficking, maritime rescue operations and support to scientific missions in the French southern islands of Kergelen, Crozet and Saint-Paul.
In accordance with an agreement between Australia and France, she performs cooperative fishing police and surveillance missions in the French and Australian Southern and Antarctic economic areas, recently having Australian fish inspectors on board.
Finally, the frigate “Floréal” also plays an important role in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean, being part of EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation, thus contributing to weaken the piracy threat in the High Risk Area.