EUNAVFOR thanks FS FLOREAL after three and a half months of operationDecember 21, 2010 - 11:21
The French frigate FLOREAL finished as an EUNAVFOR warship on the 20 December after 105 days flying the European Flag. She has conducted a variety of tasks in the force and demonstrated a proactive attitude to face all challenges in order to achieve the objectives of Operation ATALANTA.
During her days at sea she has spent a good deal of her time conducting the main task of EUNAVFOR; escorting World Food Programmes and AMISOM’s transports as well as protecting the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, protecting one of the world’s busiest sea routes. The rest of the time FS FLOREAL has spent patrolling the Somali Basin, the waters between the Somali coast and the Seychelles.
On the 7 November, FLOREAL rescued a South African yachtsman, who escaped capture by pirates when he refused to cooperate with them.
In his farewell signal to the French frigate, the EUNAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Juan Rodriguez stated: “I wish to congratulate you on the outstanding morale, dedication and professionalism of your crew which made me and my predecessor, Rear Admiral Coindreau, proud of having had them under our command. You have honoured both France and the French navy. Well done.”
EUNAVFOR thanks the warship and her crew for the good work conducted during her time in Operation ATALANTA
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