EU NAVFOR welcomes French Frigate SURCOUF in Operation ATALANTAAugust 9, 2011 - 13:39
On 9th of August the French frigate F711 FS SURCOUF joined the EU NAVFOR Task Force.
She is commanded by Captain Marc-Antoine de Saint Germain, and after intense training her crew is fully prepared to undertake their duties as a Task Force 465 unit.
FS SURCOUF is a modern multi-purpose frigate fitted with an AS 565 PANTHER helicopter and capable of accomplishing a wide series of missions.
Her contribution constitutes a significant effort to enhance the effectiveness of TF 465 in all its tasks and will increase EU NAVFOR’s skills to protect vulnerable shipping, in particular World Food Program (WFP) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) vessels, as well as to deter and prevent acts of piracy, and to contribute to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.
Commissioned to the French Navy in 2000, FS SURCOUF has a displacement of 3200 tons, is 124.3 meters long and has 168 crew members onboard.
EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EUNAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.
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