September 26

French vessel to perform “beaching exercise” in Dominica

first_img(L-R): Commanding OfficerLuc Stutzmann, Deputy Head of Mission Emmanuel Mouriez and Defense Attache’ to French Embassy in St. Lucia Lieutenant Colonel De SolagesA French vessel will arrive on Dominica next week to conduct a beaching exercise which will be useful to assist the island in case of any disaster or exigent situations.The Batral Dumont D’Urville, is the major vessel of the French Force in the West Indies and is able to carry out several missions.The ship can convey troops or freight, bring humanitarian assistance in case of natural disaster, fight against drug trafficking and rescuing at sea.In the event that a disaster strikes the island and the ports are destroyed, the ship will be able to provide relief supplies to citizens as they have done in several countries in the French Islands and St. Kitts.Defense Attaché to the French Embassy in St. Lucia Lieutenant Colonel De Solages said the purpose of the mission is to identify suitable locations for beaching in order that the Navy can provide assistance.“The aim is to be able to support any neighboring countries in case of any dramatic events. Imagine in the past and remember what happened when some infrastructure, some ports were completely destroyed in other countries and the facility was not operational and offer the possibility to boats to come and bring some support. This light transport ship is the precise vector able to bring you support in terms of vehicles, supplies, food and people in an area other than a structural port. So it is able to beach in precise areas where the support is needed.”He explained that the crew must ensure that the conditions are conducive for this beaching exercise.Lieutenant Colonel De Solages The aim is to find different locations where we would like to be sure that we can use our ship can beach. We would like to be sure that the conditions are set up in order to intervene once that’s the first step. According to him it is also “an opportunity to meet your country; your officials, your Coast Guard, your police members and keep going on creating this kind of cooperation”.Meanwhile Commanding Officer Luc Stutzmann told Friday’s press conference although this is a historic moment for his team, he hopes that no disaster occurs on the island.He says however, we could rest assured that the Dumont D’Urville would provide assistance in the event that is does.He said further that a simulation exercise had already been done some years ago but based on recent hurricanes another one needed to be done to ensure that the beaching exercise can take place smoothly.The Deputy Head of Mission Emmanuel Mouriez explained that the visit testimony of the friendship which exists between the two islands.“This visit of the French Navy to Dominica is also a testimony of the friendship between our two countries; France and Dominica and also testimony of the will of France to be present in the area also in the Caribbean. This visit is also a sign of the will to develop the regional integration.” The Team will also meet with the Cadet Corps on Saturday to offer them a tour of the warship as well as an opportunity to meet the sailors. Members of the public; groups of 20 adults and children of seven (7) years and above will be given the opportunity to visit the ship for 2 hours on Saturday 11th February, 2012 between the hours 9:00am to 11:00am and 2:00pm to 4:00pm.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews French vessel to perform “beaching exercise” in Dominica by: – February 11, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share 233 Views   no discussionslast_img

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