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Eunavfor celebrates Mayotte in the European Union…

The Siroco in the Mayotte archipelago (Credits: EUNAVFOR Somalia)
The Siroco left the waters of Mayotte heading for Dar-es-Salam (Tanzania) (Credits: EUNAVFOR Somalia)

(BRUSSELS2) Symbolically, on the day Mayotte entered the European Union, the flagship of the European naval force Eunavfor Atalanta, the Siroco (L-9012), made a stopover on this island in the Ocean Indian which has become a French department (since spring 2011).

The new French department has, in fact, attained the rank of “outermost region” of the European Union, since January 1, 2014. It is the only European territory located within the area of ​​operation of the Operation Atalanta. The stopover of the French ship was therefore doubly “significant” as recalled in a press release by the commander of the European force, Rear-Admiral Hervé Bléjean. “This reminds us how committed the European Union is to combating the threat of piracy. And Mayotte is a key point for this. »

Taking advantage of the stopover in Mayotte, the Siroco carried out a transfer to the naval base of Dzaoudzi as well as maritime surveillance operations with the local maritime forces. This surveillance made it possible to provide assistance to 2 local sailors in distress.

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Leonor Hubaut

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