Prairial in New Zealand for Southern Katipo Exercise [fr]
From Saturday 24 October to Monday 23 November, the French Patrol ship “Prairial” and its 92 sailors are conducting four routine calls around New Zealand as it travels here to take part in the 2015 Southern Katipo Exercise led by the New Zealand Defence Force.
|AUCKLAND||24 to 28 October|
|WELLINGTON||30 October to 3 November|
|NELSON||14 to 17 November|
|NAPIER||20 to 23 November|
Aboard the ship, Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler will be awarding the French legion of honour, France’s highest decoration, to six New Zealand veterans who played a significant role in the liberation of France in the Second World War.
The French frigate “Prairial” was the second of a series of six ships built in the Saint-Nazaire shipyards (France) in 1990-1992, by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, which also built the Queen Mary II. Her home port is Papeete in French Polynesia, and the name “Prairial” refers to the “month of pasture harvest” in the calendar of the eighteenth century French revolution (from 20th of May to 18th of June).
The missions of the boat include:
- Control of maritime spaces
- Maritime protection and surveillance
- Navigation Police
- Surveillance of fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
- Evacuation of citizens
The ship characteristics are as follows:
- Length: 93.5 meters
- Width: 14 meters
- Draught: 4.5 meters
- Displacement: 2600 tons
- Maximum Speed: 20 knots
Meanwhile, Australia, France and New Zealand, which are facing common challenges in the South Pacific are jointly hosting an interministerial seminar from October 20 to 23, 2015 in Nouméa (New Caledonia).
The seminar is focusing on ways to cooperate more effectively with each other on concrete issues, such as the fight against illegal fishing and the illegal exploitation of natural resources, the safeguarding of protected areas, the use of new technologies such as satellite surveillance and improving the safety of navigation and large-scale rescue.
This seminar is unique in that it is bringing together all inter-ministerial stakeholders from our three countries and has invited participants from the industrial and scientific worlds and from civil society, as well as our partners from the Pacific Islands, international organisations (including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the EU) and from the United States. It brings together almost 90 high-level participants for six work sessions.
Photo credit: Bryan Currie