French Navy warship FS Dupleix calls at Mumbai Port (25-30 October 2012)
The French Navy warship FS Dupleix will be calling at Mumbai Port from 25 to 30 October 2012. This vessel is named after Joseph François Dupleix, who spent most of his life in India in the mid-eighteenth century. FS Dupleix presence in Mumbai testifies to the strong bond that unites the Indian and French navies.
The FS Dupleix is an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer, currently deployed in the Indian Ocean. During its transit off the Indian coast, the FS Dupleix will be conducting a training exercise with the Indian Western Fleet, which will contribute to enhancing interoperability between our two navies. It will thus make a practical contribution to the longstanding strategic partnership established in 1998 between France and India, of which defence cooperation is an essential pillar.
After its port call, the FS Dupleix will take part in the European Union-led operation EU NAVFOR – Atalanta against piracy, which is the international community’s premier contribution against piracy. It is cooperating with several other international partners, particularly with our key partner, the Indian Navy, A coastal State of the Indian Ocean with the Reunion and Mayotte islands, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, France has been a leader in the international struggle against the scourge of piracy in the Indian Ocean and has been the top contributor to the EU’s operation since its inception in 2008.
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The FS ASW Destroyer Dupleix left her homeport Toulon, France, in early September for a three-and-half-month deployment in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. This deployment contributes to the permanent military presence maintained by the French Navy in this area. All French sea-, air- and land- troops are under the command of Vice Admiral Gillier, Joint Commander of the French Forces deployed in the Indian Ocean, based in Abu Dhabi, who has visited India twice since assuming command in 2010.
In 2008, under French leadership, the EU decided to take concrete steps against piracy and robbery at sea off the Somali coast. Our goal is to ensure the security of maritime transport in the region, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international law.
Since its launch in December 2008, EU NAVFOR – Operation ATALANTA has been conducting its mission successfully. The European Union has decided to extend the operation to December 2014. As of today, piracy acts have fallen drastically in the area of operations.
Under UNSC mandate, EU NAVFOR – Operation ATALANTA :
extends protection to vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia, and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shipping ;
provides deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast ;
offers protection to vulnerable ships off the Somali coast on a case-by-case basis ;
contributes, additionally, to the monitoring of fishing activities off the Somali coast.
Since 2008, all 164 UN World Food Programme ships have been successfully protected for a total of nearly one million tons of food delivered ; 75 pirates have been convicted and 53 remanded into custody ; and 119 piracy attempts have been thwarted by EU NAVFOR.
Leaving Mumbai after a six-day call from 25 to 30 October 2012, FS ASW Destroyer Dupleix will conduct sea training with forces from the Indian Navy. She will thereafter set sail for Seychelles and carry out anti-piracy patrols.
The longstanding strategic partnership between France and India has given rise to a number of joint exercises between their armed forces. The annual “Varuna” exercise, the latest edition of which was held in July 2012 in the Mediterranean, has been a key event for the French and Indian navies since it was first conducted in the nineties.