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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:

On October 17, 2020, the polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe set sail from Saint-Paul Bay to begin its transit to Hobart in Tasmania, the vessel’s usual logistical stopover before its operations to the French scientific base of Dumont d’Urville in Terre Adélie .

Crew B, in charge of the building for the start of the 2020-2021 Antarctic season, carried out, in compliance with the sanitary rules in force, around fourteen in three military enclosures made available by the Base Support Group of defense of Reunion Island (GSBDD). This isolation helped protect the crew and prevent the virus from being imported into Tasmania and Antarctica.

Crew B embarked on October 12, 2020 and set sail two days later to begin an additional seven-day health observation period before returning to the open sea. This period was used to conduct intensive targeted training to refine the preparation of the crew and allow everyone to redo their ranges. The success of this maneuver also relied on the support of the 2nd crew who ensured the preparation of the vessel before its deployment (boarding of equipment, food or even control of the vessel’s installations and on-board bio-cleaning).

After a few days at sea, L’Astrolabe carried out a patrol in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Amsterdam and Saint-Paul islands, under the administration of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF), before continuing its journey in the “40th Roaring ”(name given to the latitudes located between the 40th and 50th parallels in the Southern Hemisphere, these latitudes are so called because of the strong winds coming mainly from the West) towards Tasmania. The Astrolabe crossed Cape Leeuwin on October 27, 2020, the 3rd emblematic course for sailors with the Horn and Good Hope and reached Hobart on November 2. The polar patrol vessel should carry out a first supply in Antarctica in mid-November.




The polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe is the only French icebreaker (category IB5), the result of a Marine Nationale-IPEV-TAAF consortium since 2017. Ship of over 4000 tonnes, it relies on two crews of around twenty sailors who use it alternately to carry out logistics support missions in Antarctica and sovereignty missions in the maritime zone of the southern Indian Ocean, particularly in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF).

The 1,700 soldiers deployed to the FAZSOI guarantee the protection of the national territory and lead regional cooperation from Reunion Island and Mayotte. The FAZSOI constitute the main fulcrum of the “Indian Ocean” theater to fight against new threats such as piracy or illegal immigration, ensure the surveillance of the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) associated with all the islands of the area. responsibility and maintain a regional rapid response capacity.

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