FRENCH NAVY SHIP TO PATROL PACIFIC ECONOMIC ZONES

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, July 21) - The new captain of the French Navy frigate Prairial announced Tuesday that his ship’s next mission will involve a three-month surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zones of South Pacific countries.

Capt. François Moucheboeuf said the mission would also provide an opportunity for France to develop collaboration with small South Pacific countries.

He announced that the Prairial would be making stops at the Marshall Islands, Hawai‘i, Kiribati, Palau, Micronesia, the Philippines and American Samoa.

The Prairial is scheduled for two months of preparation work before beginning its South Pacific mission.

The ship is due to return to Tahiti on December 22.

The Prairial, the most important French Navy vessel based in Papeéte, will visit the coastal waters of South America next year, Captain Moucheboeuf said.

He officially took command of the ship on Tuesday during ceremonies conducted by Commander Jean-Luc Thélot of the French Navy and Aeronautical Base in French Polynesia.

July 22, 2004

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